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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Brrr Baby It’s Cold Outside!

Winter, snow, ice and cold have arrived! Are you and your vehicle prepared? It seems that we all wait until the last minute, but this year it kind of crept in there leaving several people stranded and cold.

If you are having problems with your thermostat or getting your vehicle to start, now is the time to bring it in to have it checked and/or fixed before the next cold spell hits Billings! A few other things you may want to have checked are brake system, tires, wipers and blades.

Check the Brake System

Brakes are the car’s most important safety system. Brakes are a normal wear item for any car, and brake linings, drums and rotors and brake fluid should be checked. Some symptoms of a faulty brake system are:

  • The car pulls to one side during braking
  • The brake pedal pulsates when you apply the brakes
  • The brake pedal feels “mushy”
  • You hear noise when you step on the brake pedal
  • You repeatedly need to add brake fluid to the master cylinder

Check Your Tires

Tires can affect the car’s ride, handling, traction and safety, and are a critical connection between the car and the road in all types of driving conditions. To maximize tire life and safety, check the inflation pressure and the tread depth, and inspect the sidewalls for cracks or punctures. As a general rule, tires should be rotated every 6,000 miles and balanced.

Replace Wipers and Blades

Wipers and blades should be replaced every six months or when cracked, cut, torn, streaking or chattering. Windshield wiper fluid should be checked monthly and only washer fluid should be used.

Did you know?

Braking causes the weight of the vehicle to shift forward, therefore most of the works is done by the front brakes and as a result the front brakes wear out faster than the rear brakes.

Got a car problem? For more information about Audi, Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes repair in Billings, Montana, please contact the professionals at Metric Wrench today!

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