With a brief break from the chilly temperatures, now is the time to prepare your car for the next freeze. Owner of Auto House Auto Repair in Fayetteville, Jim Sprandel, says bald tires can cause you some trouble.
"One thing I'm most concerned about in the winter weather is traction. It's a good time to get out with your vehicle to a shop or a facility or even out on your own to look at it." Sprandel said.
He says you can save your pennies by testing your tire tread at home.
"Turn the penny upside down, put it into the tread and see if you can see the top of Abraham Lincoln's head. If so, it's probably time to replace those tires." Sprandel said.
However, even if your wheels are weather ready, it's what's inside that can make all the difference.
Sprandel said, "make sure those are filled properly. thirty to thirty-five range. it's very important that you have the right tire pressures. "
Oil changes are also important. Sprandel said that oil can thicken if you aren't having routine oil changes. he also said the drive belt controls power-steering and various car accessories so you want to make sure it isn't cracked.
He went on to say that most auto shops will test your battery, tire pressure, and fluids at no cost.