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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –During this freezing weather, you're no doubt focused on keeping yourself warm, but auto mechanics say you also need to focus on protecting our vehicles.

Mechanics say even if you aren't experiencing any noticeable problems with your vehicle, the cold weather could cause it to fail you.

Technicians at Premier Autoworks have seen a 25 percent increase in business due to the cold weather.

Wednesday morning when Pete Kamishlian went to start his car he noticed something wasn't right.

"I turned the key and it just kind of dragged trying to start," said Pete.

He got it started but didn't get too far before his car died.

"The battery was low it just wasn't up to snuff and a lot of it was because of the cold weather," said Pete.

Technicians say the cold weather brings a host of problems, many of which can be prevented.

"The main thing we see when the weather starts dropping down is battery issues," said James Stalvey, Owner of Premier Autoworks.

Even if you think your battery is fine, technicians say get it checked.

"A lot of times it may be fine during the warmer days but when it starts to get cold a lot of times that battery will fail you," said Stalvey.

The cold weather may also leave you with a deflated tire.

"The colder it is the less pressure you are going to have in the tire," said Stalvey.

And If you wake up to a frozen windshield do not pour hot water over it, you may turn a small crack into a much larger problem.

"If your window is frozen I recommend turning your car on and turning the defroster on," said Stalvey.

Sometimes, proper windshield solvent will help defrost a frozen window but the wrong type could cause problems.

"Your windshield washer fluid will freeze if you don't have the proper mixture inside," said Stalvey.

Make sure you have proper anti freeze mixture because it may freeze and cause damage to radiator

Pete advices others not to follow his lead, and learn the hard way.

"Go into a good mechanic and let them check the battery and make sure you don't have a dead cell," said Pete.

Because there is nothing more frustrating than being stranded on the side of the road.

Mechanics at some shops, like this one here will actually test and recharge your battery for free.

They will also test your Anti-freeze mixture at no cost. It takes just a matter of minutes so you could even stop by on your lunch break so like they say its better to be safe than sorry.

Mechanics also say you shouldn't leave cell phones, IPODS, GPS devices or any other electronics in your car because the extreme cold would cause them to malfunction.

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