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5 Pre-Winter Car Repairs to Make Right Now

By AMA Staff

As winter approaches, it’s the perfect time to take a few preventative measures to keep your car in tip-top performance all season long. Be sure to flash your AMA membership card to keep a few bucks in your wallet as you spruce up your ride.

OIL CHANGE
Clint Byblow of Lube City says: Oil is your vehicle’s lifeblood, absorbing water, dust and dirt particles to protect your engine. But it breaks down over time. Regular oil changes will prevent damaging sludge from piling up. Oil changes normally include a minor inspection of other fluids and the vehicle’s key components as well.”
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WINDSHIELD CHIPS
Jamie Goddard of GlassMasters says: “A windshield is an integral part of your car’s structure. In low temps, chips can widen if left unattended. A typical repair takes 30 minutes and costs $15 for AMA members. We can also apply a coating that repels the sand, ice and water common on our winter roads.”
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WINTER TIRES
Carey Hull of Kal Tire says: “In cold and snowy conditions, winter tires are a must. Their specialized rubber compound grips the ground to deliver superior braking and cornering on ice, snow, slush and even cold, dry asphalt. Our testing shows that even a worn premium winter tire stopped nearly three metres sooner than a new three-season tire.”
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CAR BATTERY
Randy Loyk of AMA says: “Battery life can vary a good deal based on vehicle and weather conditions, but most have a life cycle of three to five years. If yours is more than three years old, book a free test with CAA Mobile Battery Service—we’ll even come to you.* If you need a new one, buy a CAA Premium Battery at member-exclusive pricing and it’ll be installed for free.”

RUSTPROOFING
Reg Sumarau of AARS shop Garage 104 says: “The main culprit of corrosion is road salt, which wreaks havoc on mechanical components. To protect against damage, get undercoating—a protective layer applied to the undercarriage. If you don’t want to spring for it, wash your car regularly and get a DIY undercoating spray.”
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