Safe Winter Driving Techniques
You have to change how you drive in snowy weather. Drive slowly, don't use cruise control, and know how to control a skid to drive safely in winter.

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How to Keep Your Car Running Well in Cold Weather
Cold weather affects how a car performs. Get snow tires, check your car battery, wash and wax your car, and check car fluids to help winter driving.
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Giving someone a car as a gift is extremely generous. Discuss the terms and transfer the title to make sure everyone enjoys the car gift.
Wintertime Road Trip Checklist
Keep safe and warm on road trips in cold weather by keeping car fluids topped up, the fuel tank full, and watching out for black ice.

Q: How often does my car need power steering, brake, coolant

The timing belt should be replaced at 105,000 miles. The engine coolant and the brake fluid should be exchanged every 45,000 miles. The manual transmission fluid should be changed every 90,000 miles. With regard to power steering fluid, like most...

Q: Check Engine Light comes on in hot weather

Hello. The Check Engine Light will come on any time that the computer sees a problem with the powertrain in the vehicle. In order to know where the issue is coming from I would need to scan the computer for...

Q: When should I change the engine oil? What is the best oil type for winter and summer?

The engine oil used for summer is typically thicker. Thinner oil in the winter allows it to warm up quicker and lubricate sooner. Thicker oil will take longer to warm up and perform its duties. Your vehicle may only want...

Q: Car overheats, usually in the stop and go traffic

The problem may be due to the hydraulic cooling fan not working intermittently. There is a technical bulletin number 1-21-11 that says to replace the cooling fan hydraulic motor, which should correct the overheating problems. Your fan may work but...

Q: Does Running My AC in the Summer Keep My Engine Cooler?

Automotive air conditioning (AC) will cause the engine to run hotter in the summer because it creates more heat in the engine compartment and there will be more strain on the engine to operate the AC compressor. The AC compressor...

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