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Old 07-04-2012, 10:31 AM
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My son is moving to the area next month, and I'm wondering if there is anything special that needs to be done to "winterize" his car.
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Old 07-04-2012, 02:05 PM
Location: Not Oneida
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Well its about 90 out now and will be about the same in a month so no special worring.

In afew Months he may wanna look at a couple things if coming from a warmer area. Once its done for NY it never needs to be done again. If its a late model car it should be fine.

Make sure the cooling system is protected down to -30 or better.

Make sure the battery is in excellent condition. If any doubt replace it with extreme prejudice.

If rear wheel drive have a towing service on speed dial.

If front drive make sure the tires are at least good. Snow tires are in fact better but not absolutely needed.

Thats about it. They make winter wiper blades and I have had them but can't see as they are worth it. Smart people up here pull the wipers out on icy days anyway.
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Old 07-04-2012, 05:06 PM
Location: Capitol Hill - Washington, DC
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Good advice from Sean. Also depends what kind of car your son has. I have a 4WD Ford Escape with a remote starter - I don't need to do a darn thing to prepare it for winter, which is what I was aiming for when I bought it
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Old 07-06-2012, 01:46 PM
Location: Pompey, NY
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I disagree about the need for winter tires if any hills are to be encountered. Last winter's October surprise snow event (it snowed about 3" of very wet stuff in about 15 minutes south east of Syracuse) caught me without winter tires on my all season equipped front wheel drive car. I could not make it up the hill in front of my house until the snow melted. IMO, winter tires are much cheaper than body work, get a set of dedicated wheels and tires and have them changed at the beginning of the season. As an additional benefit, your regular tires will last that much longer.
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Old 07-07-2012, 09:46 AM
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Winter tires are an extremely great investment for your car. I second this whole heartedly, no matter what kind of vehicle you have. Your car doesn't have to work "as hard" to compensate for the snow, and your tires will also last longer.

The best way to "winterize" is to drive according to the conditions, even if you have winter tires. I'm surprised to see people every year flying down the thruway in their trucks, thinking they are indestructible in a blizzard. A few times I have seen these people a few miles down on the side of the road.

Be careful and get those tires!
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