Winterizing Your Car

1There are many different steps to having your vehicle winter ready and safe. The first part we will talk a little about here today is going through the brakes, basically looking at the disc brake system on a vehicle and how to prepare them for winter driving. In other videos in this series we will move onto looking father into the disc brake systems and abs systems on a vehicle then the engine fuel system and just going through what to look for during the winter time to make sure that you’re not going to have a problem during the winter. We will also go ahead and talk about the exhaust system on the car and all the things that you should look for on it. After that we will do heaters, defrosters and wipers, going through and talking about the different parts of the system, how they work together, and show you how to change your wiper blades. We will continue on to explain how to check the cooling system on a vehicle and how to check your battery for maintenance items that you can do on your own. Next we will move onto the tires; I’ll show you how to inspect the tire, how to check the air pressure in the tire, and I’ll tell you why this is important. After that I’ll move on and show you how to supply your car with a winter emergency kit that will help in case you are stranded along the road during winter. We will talk about having a road side breakdown, and give you some tips and ideas on how to survive one.

2Any tools needed to do anything that we talk about today are available at your auto parts store. Always remember, safety first. Any time when working on an auto mobile make sure that you protect your eyes with safety glasses and refrain from wearing loose or baggy clothing to protect yourself from being caught in anything. Keep your fingers, hands, and arms out of moving parts. Never work on a hot engine, and any time you’re working on a vehicle and jacking it up, make sure you use jack stands.

Now we will talk about disc brakes and ABS little bit. Your typical disc brake systems include the rotor, the caliper and the mountings for them. Inside of that is your disc brake pad, which has a breaking surface that is glued or riveted to a metal plate behind it. You will want to make sure that there is a sufficient amount of brake pad left to get through the mileage in the wintertime. The way this works is the caliper is hydraulically operated and will squeeze the brake pads against the rotor, slowing the car down to a stop. There are several other things you should look at when you’re looking at the brake system too, like the rubber hoses behind the rotors. Check to make sure they are not cracked and deteriorated on the outside. If the outside is in good condition and they are less than 7 years old they are probably fine. On modern cars there is also an electrical connection for anti-lock brakes which is called a speed sensor wire. It should run down behind the rotor and it’s connected to a speed ring inside the rotor or on the axel that will pick up the front rotational speed of the wheels. It then sends that information to the computer which will allow the anti-lock brake system to work. Make sure the parts where the calipers slide on are clean and well lubricated with a high temperature grease and ready to go for winter. There is more to know so keep watching informational videos on this and you’ll be safer next time you’re doing some winter driving.