Prepping your car for the winter

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Auto shops like All Star automotive are packed with customers this time of year.

One manager tells KEPR, "They want their fluids checked, coolant checked, brakes checked. Icy conditions, you want to make sure your brakes are in working order."

It's a long list that can add up quickly, so it's no wonder why many of us put it off until a big snow fall.

But putting in a little bit of effort now, will save you big bucks later.

Before you take your car in for a tune up, there's some things you can do yourself... Cost free.

Take your average toothbrush, or a wire brush if you have one and clean up the battery. If there's a lot of white, corrosion going on, that continues to come back, you might want to take it in.

A bad battery in a snow storm is a recipe for disaster and more common than you think. This auto shop alone told me they have to replace 5 batteries a week when the snow hits.

"Batteries tend to not want to start when it's cold out part of that is because they have water in them," Rachael continues.

And if you get your car running in the cold, you still have to see out of it.

Make sure you have good wipers and plenty of washer fluid. You can replace it all yourself for less that $30.The same goes for anti-freeze. You can buy it for $11 at most hardware or auto stores.

A small fee compared to a 4-thousand dollar engine repair or worse, an accident.

It's also smart to keep an emergency kit in your car this time of year and at least a half tank of gas in case you get stuck behind an accident.