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6 Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter Driving

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Winter’s snow and ice are quickly approaching. Is your car ready?

If not, here are six simple ways to prepare for the cold season.

1.   Replace Your Wiper Blades

Winter’s precipitation means your wiper blades will be working overtime. To keep your windshield clean, take time to inspect them.

You’ll want to check each one for any signs of deterioration. If you see any brittle spots, tears, or cracks, it’s time to replace them.

2.   Check Your Fluids

Are the fluids in your car rated for winter’s cold temperatures? Freezing weather means you need windshield washer fluid with a low-freezing point. Otherwise, it can freeze inside your vehicle and cause damage to your reservoir.

Check the freezing point of your coolant. If it’s not rated for freezing temperatures, you’ll need to drain it and replace it with the correct fluid. Remember not to use water in your cooling system over the winter.

3.   Stock Emergency Supplies

You never know when an emergency will strike. If you end up stuck in the snow on the side of the road, are you prepared?

While you should keep emergency supplies in your vehicle year-round, you’ll need a few extras during winter. Here’s what you should include:

A snow brush

How will you brush off your car if you aren’t home when it starts snowing? By always keeping an ice scraper and a snow brush in your vehicle, you’ll be ready.

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Kitty litter

If you wind up off the road, you’ll need a little extra traction to help your tires grip the snow and ice. Throw a small container of kitty litter in your car, and if you’re stuck, you can sprinkle a little around each tire.

Food & Water

Canned food and bottled water can expand and burst when frozen. If temperatures routinely drop below freezing in your location, you’ll need to take some extra precautions.

You can wrap them in a wool blanket to help keep them from freezing. Placing them inside an insulated cooler also helps.

Consider replacing any canned food with dry-packed or freeze-dried varieties. These can withstand the temperature changes more easily.

 Flares and a Flashlight

It gets dark much earlier in winter. Flares and a flashlight are crucial. Also consider throwing in an extra set of batteries for your light.

A Blanket, Hat and Gloves

If you have to change a tire in the frigid weather, you’ll want to keep your hands warm. Keep a pair of insulated gloves in your vehicle so you have them when you need them.

In the cold, a hat helps hold in your body’s heat. Keep a beanie or another warm hat in your car.

A blanket also provides extra heat if you break down. You can find emergency blankets in small pouches if you’re tight on space.

4.   Ensure Your Heating System Works

Before winter hits, make sure your heating system works. You’ll want to ensure warm air blows through each vent. Remember to check your window defrosters as well.

If you have no heat, you might be low on engine coolant. It could also be a sign of a clogged heater core.

5.   Inspect Your Tires

Do your tires have the tread needed to run on slippery roads? Some people prefer to switch to winter tires. Others run all-seasons. Whichever kind of tire you use, make sure they’re roadworthy.

Check for proper inflation, and use a penny to gauge your tread. Stick a penny into the tread. If you can see the top of Abe Lincoln’s head, you need new tires. Also, most newer tires have wear indicators. It’s a straight line going across the tread. If the tread is worn down to this indicator, your tires need replaced.

On icy roads, good tires can mean the difference between staying on the road and winding up in the ditch.

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6.   Test Your Battery

Get your car battery tested. If it’s testing below normal, you might consider replacing it. If it’s testing weak, you should replace it right away.

Cold temperatures kill car batteries. If your car has trouble starting on cold mornings, you could have a bad battery.

Is Your Car Ready for Winter?

If you need any parts to get your car ready for winter, stop by Tear-A-Part. We have the parts you need for a price you’ll love.

5 Signs You’re Getting Scammed by the Junkyard

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Getting scammed sucks!

Consumer education is a huge part of protecting yourself. Then you’ll know what red flags to watch for. There are scammers in every industry, so you’ve got to be on your toes.

If you’re in the market to junk your vehicle, it’s important to work with a reputable salvage yard. You don’t want to deal with a fly by night company that tries to take everything it can.

To help you avoid dishonest companies, here are five warning signs you may be getting scammed.

“5 Signs You’re Getting Scammed by the Junkyard”

How to Legally Remove an Abandoned Car in Utah

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Is there an abandoned car on your property?

Whether you’re talking about a car that’s been rusting in the woods for decades, or a broken-down clunker that someone ditched on the street next to your house, you can legally get them removed.


Even if you don’t have the title.

But, there are a few steps you’ll have to take first. Before Tear-A-Part can remove the vehicle for you, you’ll have to have permission from the proper authorities. And have all the paperwork completed.

“How to Legally Remove an Abandoned Car in Utah”

What Happens to Your Car If You Just Abandon It?

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Deciding your car isn’t worth fixing is frustrating. No one really wants to deal with a junker.

It might be tempting just to park it somewhere and forget about it. If you own a lot of land, or don’t care about an eyesore, abandoning your vehicle might be the easiest option.

But just leaving your car sitting isn’t wise. If you leave it anywhere besides your land, without permission from the landowner, you’re violating Utah traffic laws.

Also no matter where you leave it, cars are full of pollutants. They never decompose. You’ll be dealing with a rusted hunk of junk decades from now.

“What Happens to Your Car If You Just Abandon It?”

5 Benefits of Owning a Code Scanner for Your Vehicle

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Today’s cars are full of technology. When a sensor detects a problem with this technology, your car’s computer pops a code, and the check engine light usually comes on.

This light means there’s a problem somewhere in the system. But, without reading the codes from the onboard computer, you won’t have any way of knowing where the problems are. You could need a new evaporative canister vent valve, your car could be misfiring, or your car could have one of the hundreds of other issues.

With so many possibilities, you need diagnostics to pinpoint the problem. You could take your car to the mechanic for a diagnostic, but that gets expensive.

Code scanners to the rescue!

“5 Benefits of Owning a Code Scanner for Your Vehicle”

5 Essential Preventive Maintenance Tasks to Keep Your Car Running Longer

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Let’s face it, no one likes spending money on car repairs! That’s why keeping on top of preventive maintenance is essential.

Think about it this way—getting regular checkups from a doctor is recommended to keep your body healthy. These checkups are preventive. They’re meant to spot small problems before they turn into something more serious.

And just like your body needs regular checkups, so does your car. Staying up-to-date on preventative maintenance will keep your car running longer.

It’ll also prevent larger problems, and save you money in the long run. And who doesn’t want that?!?

“5 Essential Preventive Maintenance Tasks to Keep Your Car Running Longer”

4 Common Customers You’ll Find at Tear-A-Part

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Who actually buys auto parts from a salvage yard?

Turns out, lots of people!

After all, used auto parts cost just a fraction of brand new ones. Especially if you’re willing to get your hands dirty by pulling the part yourself.

At Tear-A-Part, our client base is large and diverse. To give you a better idea, here are four types of customers we frequently work with.

(Psst… They’re all in the market for used parts. And saving money. Because everyone’s in the market for that, right?)

“4 Common Customers You’ll Find at Tear-A-Part”

How to Know If You’re Pulling the Right Part

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We know, your car has lots of parts.

And many of them look alike. Or some assemblies have multiple pieces and you only need to fix a single piece.

It’s easy to get mixed up – especially if you’re new to pulling parts. Or when you’re in a salvage yard working on a car that isn’t yours.

The last thing you want to do is get home and realize that the part you pulled won’t fit. Or that you pulled the wrong one.

The good news is that if you pulled the part from Tear-A-Part, you can take advantage of our 30-day exchange policy – easily returning the unwanted piece. But you’d still have to make another trip, blowing another part of your day.

And you’ll have to spend more time in the lot pulling the right part when what you really want to be doing is just fixing your car. It can be a time waster for sure.

To avoid this situation, follow these four tips to ensure you pull just the part you need – every time.

“How to Know If You’re Pulling the Right Part”