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Cold Weather and Your Car

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There are many liquids in your car that need checked as well as some other parts before the cold rolls in, otherwise you may just be in hot water.

"Make sure your antifreeze is up where it needs to be, preferably somewhere in the below 0 range. Especially as cold as its going to be tonight," said Terry Fowler of Bluffton TIre and Auto.

But antifreeze isn't the only fluid that could freeze up when the temperatures plummet.

"Most people don't think about washer fluid because they can put water in there, but that could freeze up the reservoir and cause problems later," Fowler says.

Your battery could also suffer.

"Make sure your battery, especially one that's three to five years old, has sufficient voltage that will carry over through the cold weather."

The best thing you can do is take your car for a spin around the block before turning in for the night.

"Make sure everything is good before you go to bed, at least run it, that way you know its going to be good for the next day.You shouldn't have any problems the next day especially if you run it in the evening.It would have to get pretty cold for most of this stuff to freeze up."

One of the other things you should check is your tire pressure. Mechanics say the cold air can cause the air pressure to decrease in your tires.

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