Prepare your car for winter

Winter cold can be hard on any automobile. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
Winter weather has arrived in the Anza Valley, with freezing temperatures, icy roads, precipitation and mud. These harsh conditions can be hard on cars and trucks, but there are several things that can be done to prepare vehicles to face these challenges. First of all, check fluids. Top off or flush radiator coolant. The proper amount of antifreeze prevents the water from freezing in the radiator and engine, causing expensive damage. Check the radiator and heater hoses for cracking or leaking. They should be firm yet pliable when squeezed firmly. Replace hoses if they are brittle or mushy or if cracks and puffiness can be detected. Inspect brake and transmission fluid levels, as well as engine oil. Fill the window washer reservoir with freeze-resistant product to help clear the wi
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