Midday Fix: Fall/winter car care tips

Jeff Hermsen

Just Tires
Deerfield
www.justtires.com

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Tips:

Test or replace the battery
Batteries give slight warning signs when they run low. You may notice the engine struggling to turn over or see corrosion around the battery.

Check critical fluids
Don’t get caught without windshield, brake, power steering or transmission fluid this season. Many fluids are easy to check from home.

Keep tires inflated
Check your tires using the inflation level molded into the driver door sidewall.

Don’t overlook tread depth
Check tread using the “penny test.” Insert a penny into the tread groove with Lincoln’s head upside down. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, it’s time to replace.

Inspect brakes
If your car jerks or if you hear squealing sounds when you apply the brakes, it’s likely time for service.