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Video: How to get your car ready for winter

Consumer Reports News: October 28, 2011 11:08 AM

It may only be Halloween weekend, but in some parts of the country, winter is fast approaching. Before the falling leaves turn into falling snow, it’s time to prepare your car for winter’s challenges and our latest video will show you how.

Consumer Reports experts recently hosted a Facebook video discussing how to prepare your outdoor equipment and vehicle for winter. The six-minute segment below features Autos Managing Editor Jon Linkov giving winter prep tips based on our testing.

Linkov starts by discussing windshield wipers, advising on when to replace them, explaining beam blades, and giving tips for the do-it-yourselfer.

He shares the findings from our recent car wax testing, explaining the importance of protecting the car’s finish going into winter. The video wraps up with Linkov delving into car batteries, from checking state of charge to advising on choosing a good replacement.

In addition to wipers, batteries, and car wax, having a good set of tires is necessary to avoid an accident and stay safe while driving in all sorts of conditions. See our additional video on Getting your tires ready for winter.

For more on winter driving, see our special section.

Liza Barth

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