With temperatures dropping this low, it takes an effect on everything, especially your car.
Our Malique Rankin stopped in a local auto shop to tell us how you can avoid common cold weather car problems.
If you’ve had some trouble with your car recently, you aren’t the only one.
Terry Schreiner, Tires Plus Manager: “The cold weather wreaks havoc on a vehicle. Everything from dead batteries to vehicles just not starting, starters, it’s all sorts of things. Vehicles just don’t like this sort of thing.”
Auto shops across Bismarck have seen an uptick in customers, all with similar problems.
Terry Schreiner, Tires Plus Manager: “‘My battery- my car won’t start. My battery is really weak.’ Today another one it antifreeze leaking all over the place.”
Terry Schreiner with Tires Plus says there are some simple steps you can take to make sure your vehicle can brace the weather.
Terry Schreiner, Tires Plus Manager: “Make sure, if you have a block heater when it’s zero or below, plug your vehicle in. That really helps it out. Have your battery tested to make sure it’s got the proper cold cranking amps to be able to start on cold mornings like this.”
Your tire pressure also drops when temperatures are below zero.
Fortunately, many auto shops can check your pressure and fill your tires free of charge.
If you are concerned your car battery is struggling to keep up with the cold, many auto or battery stores will test them for free.