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Safeguarding a car from winter weather conditionsWednesday, January 23, 2013

Category:Car & Maintenance Tips

As we come into the coldest temperatures of the year, it is a good idea car owners do everything possible to ensure their car will be up and running smoothly come spring time. Not only does extra protection leave a car running better but it also saves money in the long run. Car owners are encouraged to have maintenance done periodically on their vehicles.

The Engine Rebuilders Council recently reported that although many Americans believe a car is out of commission once the engine fails, for just the cost of a down payment on a new car, an engine repowering can offer year's of reliable use out of a vehicle.

"Harsh winter weather can be tough on a vehicle, but a damaged engine doesn't have to be the end of the car you love," said Ken Carter, chairman of the Engine Rebuilders Council. "Many vehicle owners may think their only option is to purchase a new vehicle when they experience severe engine trouble, but repowering is an economically and environmentally sound alternative that extends vehicle life and saves the cost of a new car."

Essentially what they do is take apart the entire engine, and either clean or rebuild all the products that need attention. 

Tips to keeping a car up to par

In addition to engine protection during the winter months, anyone that's anyone uses Husky Liners® vehicle floor mats to keep the interior of their cars protected from snow and spills. Liners keep the liquid on the mat and off the car's carpet, not only keeping it fresh for spring driving, but also helping keep the resale value of a car high. 

While Dan Woods, host and producer of Speed's Chop Cut Rebuild series, admitted to the Journal Sentinel that today's cars and trucks are more reliable than ever before, but the winter cold still wears on specific parts of the car. 

"Still, certain systems in all vehicles are more susceptible to cold, snow and ice," Woods said. "It's important to prepare those systems to handle colder weather."

Drivers should always make sure the connections in the battery of the car are secure and that no moisture is causing them to erode. Not only can moisture affect the battery, but the cold automatically causes it to drain faster, so checking now could save you a cold walk to the gas station later on down the road.

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