Friday, Mar 7, 2014
Winterizing Your Car Before the Arctic Chill
CARBONDALE -- You might want to make sure your car is ready to handle the arctic chill that's on the way. If not, you may have trouble come Monday morning.
"We are expecting considerably more cars to be getting towed in that won't start due to bad batteries, not testing the antifreeze, being froze up," says Steve Rennison with the Auto Shop in Carbondale.
He says you should take time now to winterize your vehicle. That means checking your tire treads and making sure your car battery is in good shape.
"Most of your modern cars aren't going to have a problem starting if the battery is good. If your battery is borderline, you might not start your car Monday morning," explains Rennison.
More importantly, he says drivers need to check antifreeze levels and pH. You can do it yourself with a hydrometer or have it checked professionally with test strips.
"Most antifreeze, if it's not mixed properly, it'll freeze and your car will freeze and won't start and can cause damage," says Rennison.
He says the colder it gets, the stronger mix of antifreeze you'll want to have. It's also a good idea to keep a bag of salt or sand in your vehicle to help in slick conditions. And experts recommend all drivers keep an emergency kit in the car.
Wind: 9 MPH
Humidity: 50 %