Winter weather could mean a tune up for your car

FARGO, ND. (Valley News Live) - The freezing temperatures sweeping through the valley can take a toll on your car.

Bryce Derouin at Premium Automotive Service Center says without proper maintenance, it can be dangerous.

"Sliding into the ditch or into somebody else with the tires not having good tread on them,” Derouin said. “Other than that, being stranded and not having heat at that point in time."

There is a checklist of things you can do to make sure your car stays running in the winter weather.

Starting with the outside of your car, there's two things you should look for. Check your wiper blade and tires.

Windshield wipers are essential for driving visibility.

"When you use them, see if they clean well,” Derouin said. “If they do, then they are in good working order. If they don’t, then I would suggest getting them replaced."

Winter or all season blades are recommended in combination with wiper fluid made to withstand freezing temperatures.

As for tires, it's all about the tread.

"Anytime tread depth gets down to the 4/32, that's when we recommend tire replacement," Derouin said.

Tread depth gauges can be bought, or simply use the penny trick of measuring using the top of Abraham Lincoln's head.

If his head is not covered by the tire, then it's time for new ones.

"More tread gives you more contact with the road,” Derouin said. “It's able to displace that snow."

Under the hood, Antifreeze, oil and your battery all need to be watched carefully.

Antifreeze and oil can be easily checked using the built in level marks.

The battery is particularly impacted by the cold weather. Derouin says without getting it checked, there is no way of knowing if it will make it through the winter months.

Take a few minutes out of your day and make sure your car is winter ready.