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'Tis the season to check your car

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Albany/HV: 'Tis the season to check your car
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Don't wait to winterize your car until it's too late. YNN's Megan Cruz has some tips from the pros about preventative maintenance that can save you a lot of money down the road.

LATHAM, N.Y. -- "They just ignore certain things," said Mike Carlini.

He's the district manager for Valvoline Instant Oil Change.

The freezing temperatures, snow, and ice can all be a pain for drivers.

"Cold weather always magnifies any issues you're gonna have with your car," said Carlini.

He said there are ten things you should have checked for the winter season.

For example, "Your tires are huge," he said. "The proper wear on your tires keeps you driving safe, keeps you from slipping. Also, windshield wipers. You have to be able to see good."

Other common problems customers come in with include, "Oil level of course," he said. "Engine always runs its best when it's full of oil, when the oil is fresh."

While there, Carlini says to check your battery.

"Battery strength is very important," he said. "Your battery works the hardest in the winter time."

And last, but not least he said, "Your antifreeze, very important. The water that circulates through your system keeps your heat running properly, your engine cool. If that freezes, you've got bigger problems going down the road."

Worried about the bill you could drive away with?

"For tires, you can pay anywhere from probably $150-$1000. If you need a new battery, you're gonna pay anywhere from $75-$150, maybe more," said Carlini.

That's why he says the best advice to remember, and drivers know it.

"It's called preventative maintenance," said one driver at the shop. "I don't want to break down on the side of the road and freeze to death."

"If you wait till it's too late, it'll cost a lot of money," said another.

The good news: some places like Valvoline check all the winter trouble spots for free.

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