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D illon T ribine - Wednesday, November 3, 2004 - Page C-1 S m c M s s c H i i i Brought to you by The Dillon Tribune and these fine businesses! * 1 BUN£ Tips for winterizing your car It’s that time of year again. Temperatures and wind chills that can take your breath away. Snow and ice that make stepping out side a dangerous proposition. You know all too well how winter affects you. It is important to take a moment to think about how it affects your car as well. After all, you don't want to be stranded in those sub-zero temperatures. If you live where it snows, you know the damage that snow, ice, loose gravel and salt can do to your car. Minor scratches and nicks turn to rust, your heater gets a workout it may not be pre pared for, and your windshield must deal with the temperature stress of a warm interior and a freezing exterior. Here are some maintenance tips for winterizing your car: Windshield Safety Thermal shock is the term en gineers use to describe the stress caused by drastic differences in outdoor and indoor temperatures. If you have a small ding in your windshield, thermal shock can cause your minor ding to turn into a major crack. * Repairing a small ding costs as little as $50 to $60. Replacing a cracked windshield can cost hundreds of dollars; on some cars, the cost may be even higher. Once a ding or star (star shaped with points spreading out) expands, windshield replacement is often the only option. If the damage is reported quickly, the odds are much im proved that a windshield repair company can save the wind shield\ “It is important to per form the repair before dirt infil trates into the break. If you can't get into a repair shop immedi ately, call to see if you can get a temporary break patch. These patches cover the break until it can be repaired and do not ob scure your vision.” To attain optimum consumer safety, it is recommended repair ing a windshield whenever pos sible, instead of replacing it. Re pair not only saves the windshield it preserves the factory’s seal of windshield to auto body. Since passenger side air bags deploy off the windshield, preserving the factory installation is an impor tant safety consideration. Keep ing the factory’s original adhe sive set also helps avoid air and water leaks.” Fluids As any mechanic will tell you, checking fluids is the least ex pensive and easiest preventive maintenance you can do. Change your oil frequently (consult your owner’s manual for recom mended frequency), and don't forget to change your engine coolant (diluted with 50 percent water) and transmission fluid, about every two years. Pure en gine coolants can freeze at zero degrees, but mixing with water prevents freezing and provides great protection for the cold weather. Though fluids like oil and transmission are commonly checked, other fluids integral to your vehicle's performance, may go unnoticed. Power steering, brake, radiator and battery fluids also should be filled to recom mended levels. Don't forget to top off wind shield washer fluid. If you've ever driven after salt trucks have come through to melt snow and ice, you know the importance of wind shield washer fluid. Do not dilute washer fluid with water since it can freeze during winter's harsh temperatures. While you're at it, you might want to change the wiper blades to prevent poor vi sion in already poor driving con ditions. Batteries and Corroded Cables Winter mornings can wreak havoc on an older battery. The average life of a battery is 3 1/2 years. If your battery is older than that, it's probably time to replace. Have a mechanic check the bat tery and cables to ensure your car starts quickly and reliably. Anything Made of Rubber Worn, bald or badly aligned or balanced tires can mean acci dents on ice, rain or snow. Have your tires checked for proper in flation and alignment, and rotate them about every 6,000 miles. If you live in unusually snowy ar eas, you may want to consider snow tires for added traction, or keep chains in your trunk or ga rage to help you through heavy snowfall. Rubber parts under your hood need maintenance, too. Radia tor, heater and vacuum hoses, among others, should be checked for cracks and bulges. 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Replacing a joint can costs hundreds of dol lars, but replacing a boot costs a small fraction of that. Spark Plugs Worn or misfiring spark plugs can affect how efficiently a ve hicle burns the fuel/air mixture, ultimately affecting engine per formance. Worn -spark plugs waste gas and increase exhaust emissions, so have them checked and replaced often. Brakes Don't postpone needed brake work. It’s dangerous to drive with poorly performing brakes, espe cially in snowy weather. Postpon ing brake service also can cause the cost of overhauling your brake system to skyrocket. Lights Last, but not least, check your lights. Accidents can occur if you can't see where you're driving, or if other drivers can't see you, es pecially as we approach winter's short days and long nights. Maintain your vehicle regularly to provide years of service with better performance and safety. Ty FEAtURING P ENNZOIL AND QUAKERSTATE PRODUCTS Drive Through Convenience! Eliminates Waiting and Appointments! 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