Prepping your car for winter

2:22 PM, Nov 14, 2012   |    comments
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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. - To avoid car issues in the dead of winter, it's important to prep your car for the conditions headed our way.

Luther Brookdale Toyota in Brooklyn Center offers this car winterization checklist:

1. Have your battery tested and inspected. Check the battery posts for corrosion and damaged components. If battery is 5 years of age or older have it replaced.

2. Inspect your tires for proper inflation and correct tread wear. Most manufacturers will post on the vin sticker in the vehicle what the proper inflation should be for your vehicle. Replace tires if tread wear is at or below 3/32nds, or if there is significant aging of the rubber, tire cracks or rubber deterioration.

3. Inspect the brakes. Make sure the front and rear brake pads are better than 3mm left.

4. Inspect and replace windshield wipers. Recommend replacing wipers at least once a year.

5. Top off fluids.

6. Check your coolant protection. Make sure the coolant protection is at least good to 30 below zero. Replace the coolant regularly as your manufacturer recommends.

7. Check all your exterior lighting. During poor visibility it is imperative that other drivers can see you.

8. Clean your vehicle out of any unnecessary items. In case of emergency stopping or spin outs, you don't want any items flying around the vehicle that could hit you and cause injury.

Service adviser Jeremy Brisbin talks to KARE 11's Bryan Piatt about what we should all be doing to winterize our cars.

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