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Vehicles need cold weather attention, too

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – In this freezing weather most of us are focused on keeping ourselves warm, but we should also pay special attention to cars and trucks.

Premier Autoworks owner says business typically picks up when the cold weather hits. Monday they saw quite a few cars in the shop with problems brought on by the cold weather. But they say all it takes if a few simple steps to prevent these problems from happening.

 Charles Clayton has owned his car for more than 10 years and driven it more than 200,000 miles, but it still runs like new. "I keep records of when, where, who worked on it," he said. "And if i have any problems with anything, I put the warranty in here."

That's because he gets it serviced regularly. "I'd rather spend a dollar today than a hundred of a thousand dollars tomorrow for something I should have done."

Today, he brought the car into the shop for some preventative maintenance to help protect it in these freezing temperatures.

"A car is a big investment and you've got to have it," said James Stalvey, Owner of Premier Autoworks. "Now is not the time for it to break down when it could be 24 degrees or 19 degrees."

Stalvey says protecting your vehicle before cold weather hits, is the key to preventing problems. "Your car is a valuable asset. It used to be a luxury, now it is a necessity."

Technicians say most problems associated with cold weather can be avoided with a little preventative maintenance.

One of the most common and frustrating problems is a dead battery. "If batteries don't go overnight they slowly die, so if you don't have them tested once a year."

Since the cold weather zaps the life from a battery, it's a good time to go to the shop to get them tested. If the battery is old, it may be the time to purchase a new one.

"You don't want to wait until you are cold, on your way to work, and have it boosted off..."

Another problem technicians see associated with cold weather is low tire pressure. "You get out there, a low tire can quickly turn into a tire that's not any good really quickly..."

Technicians say tire pressure goes up and down with temperature, so its a good to get the levels checked as well.

"You've got to stay on top pf everything you have. If you do you will have it for a long time if your don't you wont."

Finally, technicians recommend getting your anti freeze checked. If you do these simple steps, technicians say you may see very fewer problems when cold weather hits.

 
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