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Cold Weather Causing Serious Car Problems

The winter weather might be causing some serious problems for your vehicle

Posted: Jan 14, 2018 8:55 AM
Updated: Jan 15, 2018 10:51 AM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.)The winter weather might be causing some serious problems for your vehicle. From low tire pressure to frozen fluids and dead batteries leaving you stranded, local mechanics are recommending you spend a little extra time on your vehicle maintenance when temperatures drop into the single digits.

Mark Thygerson, owner of Valvoline Express Care, says winter is the time when most untreated car problems take their toll.
“During the winter, that’s when people find out they’ve got a bad battery. Really what happens during the summer the battery gets hot, when the temperature gets really warm, the battery weakens then. But it’s not until the cold hits that you really find that out. So in the winter is really what takes out most batteries,” Thygerson said.

With roads being heavily salted during the winter months, Thygerson recommends washing the underside of your vehicle when the temperatures stay above freezing to prevent your car from rusting.

“The salt on the underbelly will cause a lot of corrosion, and you will see people avoid buying cars from this neighborhood because they have a lot more rust as a result of corrosion both in the frame and up in the body,” Thygerson said. “As soon as it gets warm, I recommend a carwash and an undercarriage car wash it get it all cleaned out. In the winter it’s not going to cause much of a problem, it’s when you get it under the car and mixed in with the other parts is when it will start to corrode and do damage to your car.”

To insure the gas line of your vehicle won't freeze up, “With the ethanol gasoline, that has a lot of moisture in it, a lot of water in it. So as you put more water in the car there is water that builds up because it separates. The water builds up and it can freeze when it gets cold enough, so using a fuel dryer is very important,” Thygerson said.

Mechanics at Valvoline also recommend regularly checking your tire pressure. For every ten degrees the temperature drops, your tires will lose a pound of pressure.

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A few areas of frost are possible this morning as temperatures have fallen into the mid 30s. Today temperatures will remain below average with highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s under mostly sunny skies. A few clouds will move back into the area tonight as temperatures dip down into the mid to lower 30s. Areas of frost will be possible again early Thursday morning. Conditions will stay relatively the same on Thursday with highs in the upper 50s under mostly sunny skies. Rain chances will move back into the area on Friday, mainly through the afternoon and evening keeping temperatures in the lower 50s. A few rain showers could linger through early Saturday morning before moving out of the area. Sunday looks to be a dry and mild day with temperatures remaining in the upper 50s. Temperatures will start to warm up on Monday with highs back in the low to mid 60s before a cold front moves through the area dropping temperatures back into the 50s on Tuesday.
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