Winter Weather Worries: Your car

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With winter right around the corner, there's no better time to prepare for the winter months than now. Meteorologist Megan Krannig has this report to help you ease through a few of those winter weather worries.

Climate changes don't affect just you. They also affect your car, your home, and your pets.

In part one of a three-part series we're helping you make sure everything is right with your ride.

We've all had to do it at some point or another- sit inside a car service waiting room because our cars need a quick fix. With the winter weather not too far off, you want to make sure your car is in tip-top shape.

A good place to start is to keep an eye on the gauges.

"There are warnings there that are going to let you know if you are having problems."

Check those fluids. Some technicians say the most important thing is the cooling system. Automotive technician Matt Probst says, "If your cooling system hasn't been serviced, it needs to be serviced. You have to have good coolant in it, otherwise it will break down cause corrosion and cause problems."

Antifreeze is especially important in winter because it keeps the engine, radiator and hoses from freezing.

"Check and make sure its not going to freeze, the levels are right, supposed to be a 50/50 mix. If it is more water than antifreeze, it will freeze at a much higher temperature."

While under the hood, examine the belts and hoses. Probst says just about anybody can tell if something needs to be fixed- with just a glance.

"If it looks puffy or if it has seepage or any coloration around the hose, like orange or green, might look crusty that indicates a problem or leak."

When you are done under the hood, check out the tires. We've all heard about keeping the right amount of air in our tires, and experts say that's especially true in the colder months.

"For every 10 degrees the temperature drops the air in your tires will lose 1 to 2 pounds of air."

The best time to check tire pressure is when it's cold, in the morning, or before the car has been driven that day. Tire condition is also just as important this time of year. Look for worn or cracked spots.

"All tires have what is called a tread indicator wear bar on it, make sure the tread is not at or below that."

Discount Tire's Bobby Hill also recommends to rotate tires every 6,000 miles, make sure the balance is good and that your tires aren't too old, "Make sure tires aren't older than 6 years because the compounds in the tire will begin to deteriorate and break down."

It's a good idea to keep an emergency kit in the trunk with a blanket, First Aid kit, flashlight, water and a few snacks just incase you get stranded out in the cold.

These simple tricks may sound familiar, but all in all they could save you and your car this winter.

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