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How to Grease Your Car Before Winter

Winter weather can take a toll on vehicles, but with with a few squirts of lubricant, you can keep the moving parts working properly. Here are five spots in particular that need grease.

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What You Should Lube in Your Vehicle

Cold weather is right around the corner, and now’s the time to lube locks, latches, hinges, window channels and weather stripping. You can lube your entire vehicle in less than 20 minutes. 

Tools and materials required for this project: 
– Glass cleaner
– Dry Teflon spray
– Spray lithium grease
– Rags

Step 1: Lube Window Tracks (pictured)
Spray window tracks with silicone spray or dry Teflon. Silicone stays slick even in cold weather, so windows slide smoothly, lessening the wear on your window motors.

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Step 2: Lube Door Weather Stripping

Spray silicone on all weather stripping. Silicone will keep ice from bonding the rubber to the metal doors. That’ll make doors open smoother and may even prevent tears in the weather stripping.

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Step 3: Lube the Hood Latch

Spray aerosol lithium grease on the hood latch mechanism. You don’t want to fight a balky hood latch when it’s snowing and you’re trying to add windshield fluid.

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Step 4: Lube Locks

Keep your lock cylinders working smoothly by injecting dry Teflon lubricant spray. You never know when your remote keyless entry system might let you down.

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Step 5: Lube Door Hinges

Spray lithium grease on door hinges to keep them opening smoothly and prevent rust.

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