Tips to prepare your vehicle for the frigid cold weather

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BROWN DEER (WITI) -- The anticipated frigid temperatures could have an adverse effect, not only on your health, but on your vehicles. Aside from letting your car run for a minute or two, allowing it to stabilize and warm the transmission, there are other tips motorists should follow for a safe drive.

Workers at Andrew Automotive say they have been seeing an influx of customers during the cold season. From small to major repairs, drivers are focusing on preventative care.

"That's probably something you want to check to make sure antifreeze doesn't freeze up inside the engine," said Brian Davis. "Look for all those types of items, all the fluids, belts, filters."

Davis says there are simple but crucial things to be done in order to maintain the well-being of your vehicle.

"Probably the most important is making sure your gas tank is full rather than empty. You still get condensation from the gas tank with it being that low," explained Davis. "The fuel pump is cooled by the fuel that runs through it, so having that module submerged in the gasoline keeps it working a lot better than when it's low."

Taking a moment to go over a cold weather checklist before getting into your vehicle can save you trouble down the road. Items to check include the oil level and battery.

"Your battery will lose about 80% of its efficiency when it gets below zero, so you need a good, strong battery to crank that engine over," said Davis.

It's also recommended that drivers perform a general inspection on the outside of their vehicles, checking that tires are properly inflated and the exhaust pipe is clear of snow and ice.


  • Kathy in KC

    I float-charge my battery when it gets lower than 15 degrees. That way I’m sure it will start when I want to go somewhere. The orange windshield-washer fluid is handy too as it will not freeze in extreme cold and is helpful when roads are salty and other vehicles kick it up on your windshield. Carry blankets and food in case you break down, and consider a full emergency kit and learning snow survival. Be safe, and stay home unless you must go out! (I’ve lived in extreme climates and know survival techniques but most folks aren’t fully trained, so I just want everyone to stay safe, K?) Best wishes! We’ll get through this.

  • spoo

    Let your car warm up for more “than a minute or two”. Driving a cold engine is a great way to blow your gaskets and completely ruin it.

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