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Winterizing your vehicle

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Winterize Your Vehicle

Check or have a mechanic check the following items on your car:

Antifreeze levels - ensure they are sufficient to avoid freezing.

Battery and ignition system - should be in top condition and battery terminals should be clean.

Brakes - check for wear and fluid levels.

Exhaust system - check for leaks and crimped pipes and repair or replace as necessary. Carbon monoxide is deadly and usually gives no warning.

Fuel and air filters - replace and keep water out of the system by using additives and maintaining a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.

Heater and defroster - ensure they work properly.

Lights and flashing hazard lights - check for serviceability.

Oil - check for level and weight. Heavier oils congeal more at low temperatures and do not lubricate as well.

Thermostat - ensure it works properly.

Windshield wiper equipment - repair any problems and maintain proper washer fluid level.

Install good winter tires - Make sure the tires have adequate tread. All-weather radials are usually adequate for most winter conditions. However, some jurisdictions require that to drive on their roads, vehicles must be equipped with chains or snow tires with studs.

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Broadcast meteorologist for 15 years (Marquette, Michigan; Burlington, VT; Albany, NY; South Jersey). NBC40 Chief meteorologist from December 2003 through December 2014. Press meteorologist since January 2015

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Here is Your South Jersey Forecast

SUNDAY► Mostly cloudy, breezy, and muchcooler with a shower or two possible, but like Saturday, mostly dry.  However, easterly ocean breezes around 10-15mph will lead to Sunday being 30 degrees cooler than Saturday, with highs only around 45-50 for the second half of the weekend.

MONDAY► Mostly cloudy once again but milder with highs in the low 60s, and a few rain showers expected.  South winds around 15mph.

TUESDAY► Mostly cloudy with showers likely, probably the wettest day of the forecast.  Still mild with highs in the low 60s.  South to southwest winds around 10mph.

WEDNESDAY► Partly sunny and drier with highs around 60. Northwest winds around 10mph.

THURSDAY► Partly to mostly sunny and a bit cooler with highs in the low to mid 50s, seasonable for late March.

FRIDAY► Mostly cloudy with our next chance of rain.  Highs in the mid 50s.