Treating your car after a long winter

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New England is heading for a warm-up this week as the wintry weather winds down, and AAA has some advice on how to take care of your car.

First off, check your tires. According to AAA Media Relations Manager Robert Sinclair Jr., every time the temperature drops, so does your tire pressure. If your tire seems like it’s bulging or mushrooming out, the pressure is probably low, which could lead to a blowout if ignored. You can find the recommended pressure levels on the door jamb sticker or inside the owner’s manual.

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Give it a good wash, inside and out. Salt and other chemicals used to treat roads during the winter can cause rust on the outside. Use glass cleaner to wipe residue from the inside of your windows, and be sure to vacuum and shampoo the salt and sand off of the floor mats and carpets too.

Make sure your wipers are doing their job. If they leave streaks on the windshield, clean them or replace them.

Fill your fluids. Keep extra windshield washer fluid on hand, and learn how to check motor oil and coolant levels in your car.

AAA’s Car Doctor John Paul likes to inspect the underside of his car at the end of winter. He looks to see if something like a mound of ice has damaged the muffler system or other major parts. If you find any damage, get it repaired.

Before you know it, it’ll be summer. To stay one step ahead, see if the air conditioning works. If not, get it fixed before the temperatures rise. You’ll thank yourself later!

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