Mechanics Stress Car Care in Cold

1 decade 10 months 4 weeks ago Tuesday, January 16 2007 Jan 16, 2007 Tuesday, January 16, 2007 11:29:39 PM CST January 16, 2007 in News

"Electrical system the battery and stuff like that, they get weak and old, the cold weather like this will cause them not to start," said mechanic Joe Gallagher.

Gallagher says he was busy in December after the first winter storm, and expects the same this time around.

"Right after that we did a lot of batteries, had quite a few coolant problems, coolant issues, uh freezing," Gallagher said.

This storm caused different problems than the one in December.

"This time we had a lot more ice than snow, and see the ice tears up the wiper blades," said Kevin Jefferies, of O'Reilly's Auto Parts.

Stores like O'Reilly's Auto Parts sold out of ice scrapers, wiper blades, and de-icer; because most people wait until it's too late to fix their cars.

"First thing when you know a storms coming you want to get the things you need," Jefferies said.

"Best thing I can tell people is its cheap insurance, do your maintenance when its recommended and it will always cost you less in the long run," Gallagher said.

Jefferies recommends warming up your car before you leave so that your wiper blades get un-frozen. And the best advice from mechanics: Allow plenty of time in the morning.

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