Car Care

Story by WVUA 23’s Lacey Beasley.

With temperatures changing fast, now is the prime time for drivers to ensure their car is working properly before it gets too cold outside.

Mechanics at JacMac Tire are prepared for an influx of automobiles that need to have brakes checked, tires changed and engine fluids examined.

“First of all, we’d look at your tires, see if it needed to be rotated, and then check those out, your air pressure,” said Jack Woodard, an employee at JacMac Tire.

Woodard said that air pressure in tires will change because of changing outside temperatures. He also warned drivers to not wait too long to get their cars checked because it could cost more.

“We don’t want your engine to freeze up,” Woodard said. “That can be a lot of money.”

Anti-freeze is vital to ensure any liquids in your car do not do damage. A car’s air filter must be changed yearly. Brakes must be in excellent condition no matter what the weather is. In the winter, snow and salt can get trapped in the brakes, so checking on those regularly is crucial. Warning signs could be screeching or car vibration.

Regular oil changes are the most important thing you can do to increase your car’s longevity. Drivers should get their oil changed every 3,000 miles. However, now that winter is on the way, the biggest threat is fluids in your car that could freeze.

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