Cool Car Tips for Cold Weather

By KBJR News 1

January 19, 2013 Updated Jan 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Snow, wind, and ice can take a toll on us, but it can also take a toll on our vehicles.

Many people rely on a vehicle to get to and from their destinations every day, and chilly winters can put added stress on parts of our cars.

"Anything rubber is mostly affected by the cold more than anything, because rubber expands and contracts in different temperatures, when rubber gets old and its in deep cold like some of the temperatures we are going to experience, this coming, beginning of the week it can be really stressful on the rubber," said Gavin Aker of AllStar Service Center in Duluth.

Belts and bushings tend to break more in the winter time because they are made of rubber.

But don't forget about the tires.

Driving on icy and snow covered roads can be dangerous especially if your tires are not in good condition, which is why it's important to check your tires and the tire pressure.

"Remember in the winter time its important to check the air pressure of your tire once a month because the dropping and the rising of the temperatures through out the day and night will actually cause loss of air in the tires as well," said Aker.

Your car battery can also suffer in cold weather, which can prevent your car from starting.

"Cold can affect the charging in the battery, so it might not have a full charge and be able to crank the car over very well in the morning, that's why block heater can be very important because there isn't as much stress on the battery when trying to turn the motor over," said Aker.

Maintaining a vehicle during the winter time may seem like a hassle, but it's a little more work for those who have to maintain car lots.

"You've gotta go out, you gotta sweep them, you gotta move them, you gotta plow the lots everything has to be there so the customer can see them when they come in and take a look at it and its ready to run, its an all day process even on a lot with 80 cars," said Jim McDonnold, sales manager of Duluth Motorsports.

Vehicle experts say it is also important to make sure all of your car fluids, like windshield wiper fluid and coolant, are topped off to keep the lines in the car from freezing.

Posted to the web by Kati Anderson.
kanderson@kbjr.com