Make sure your car is ready for the cold

(AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


(WTNH) — In 2008 the government made a law that requires all cars both made and sold in the United States have a tire pressure monitoring system, it’s a little light that pops up on your dashboard every time the temperature gets cold.

Well that’s because every time we lose 10 degrees in temperature you lose between one and two psi in your tire. So make sure you get your tires filled up, but there is a way for that to not happen every time the cooler weather comes in.

Meet nitrogen…yeah I said nitrogen. It’s non-flammable and it turns out that it’s great for your tires!

“The nitrogen molecules are thicker than air so they don’t fit through the small holes as quickly so when there are temperature changes they don’t bleed out and tire lights don’t come on and you don’t have to change your pressures.” said Dave Harger of Premier Subaru and Kia.

Not only is nitrogen useful for tire pressure monitoring, it helps slow leaks if you have a puncture in your tire. In many cases it costs under $100 to get the service done and I can save you a lot of hassle as the cooler weather arrives.

We have had such a long period of time with little to no rain at all, that your windshield wipers are probably suffering. Well before you head out for the holiday, we are expecting a decent amount of rain coming in the next week or so, so make sure you get these replaced. It costs about $10 at most auto parts stores and a lot of them will actually do it for you for free. Speaking of windshield wipers let’s talk about windshield wiper fluid.

Don’t forget about your windshield washer fluid reservoir. In the summertime you can put water inside there if you wanted to, but in the winter you have to get washer fluid that’s rated for the temperatures that we see here in New England. A lot of them actually have -20 written right on the bottle, and by the way that is not the same thing as antifreeze. Antifreeze is toxic so don’t put it inside the washer fluid reservoir.

And even though it may not be incredibly cold yet, we are expecting much cooler weather this weekend

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