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Keeping your car safe during winter

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

As the temperatures drop, people are packing auto shops, getting their cars winterized and ready for slick roads.

Snow tires help give us traction on the road, but it's important to remember to check what's going on under the hood.

One step you can take is to change your oil and oil filter.

Oil that's too thin will not protect your engine very well, while oil that's too thick will keep your engine from starting.

"Fuel filters and air filters, if you're keeping them clean the car will start off quicker will start off quicker in the morning when it's cold instead of crank long," says Michael Federico, Manager at Mechanics Pride Tire and Automotive.

Also, if your car is taking a long time to start in the cold, you may want to check the thermostat.

If it gets rusty, the thermostat won't allow the engine to warm up properly.

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