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Erlanger Kentucky's Community Auto Center

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Winter is careening around the corner, so we must prepare for our seasonal car care the way we do in the summer months. With summer car care, the main thing we all remember is to check our coolant, but there are a few more things you need to keep in mind for the cold days ahead.

Checking your car at this time of year is not just about the seasonal change issue. Going out of town this winter for a family holiday or winter vacation? If so, you’ll want to make sure your car is road-worthy – especially if you have a family and little tots to tote around during holiday season!


Keep these TOP 5 WINTER CAR CARE TIPS from owner Ted Bishop, on your radar:

1 – Check your car’s COOLING SYSTEM. Adding new coolant is a must this time of year, or you may need to get the cooling system flushed.

2 – Checking the HEATER SERVICE or HEATER CORE is important if your car is not heating up properly.

3 – Have a SUSPENCION INSPECTION done. (May want to do this w/ your break inspection – see # 5).

4 – Do a TIRE INSPECTION or if you have SNOW TIRES, now is the time to switch over to those. The tire inspection, which includes tire pressure and tread is ideal to check at this time too. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots. You may need to get new tires, or just put some new air in them to balance all tires with equal air. (Remember how the hot pavement of summer roads will EXPAND your tires? In winter time, it REDUCES the air).

A good tire inspection ensures you have no holes, no leaks and that your tire tread is good. Also, you may want to see if you need to get your tires rotated if you didn't do this in the summer. In the winter, you can be straddling and driving around all the pot holes that the winter snow and salt trucks cause, so you may get a tiny leak in one of your tires from hitting a pot hole. Having your tires checked before a road trip is ideal then!

5 – A BREAK INSPECTION is also a good thing to have on your list for winter care as it is in the summer. If you are driving a long distance for your holiday getaway or winter vacation, you need to ensure your breaks are operating at peak level performance.

* For more info about this local auto shop, check out their web page in our Business & Consumer Directory.  You may also call them to set up an appt at 859-342-6224.

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