Cold weather: protecting your car

Kristin Thorne has the story.
January 23, 2014 3:32:50 PM PST
You may not like this weather, but mechanics do. It sure is busy this time of the year.

"You do want to be respectful of the components because they're cold," says Matthew Meng of Ace Auto Repair, "they're just as cold as we are in the winter."

There are a couple of things you can do to make sure your cars get you from Point A to Point B.

"You want to make sure you have a good healthy battery, the average life of a battery is about 5 years," says Meng, If it goes 'er er er', you can assume that your battery is probably in need of a replacement."

Even though we are all in a hurry in the morning, Meng says you need to give your car a few minutes to warm up. As for your tires, make sure to put a few more pounds of pressure in them. Also, replace your windshield wipers once a year.

"A lot of people put their wiper blades up in the air," adds Meng, "I don't suggest that, because if they slam down on the windshield, it could potentially break the windshield."

On cold days, it sure feels good to be in the nice warm sun ? your car also likes the sun, too. In a perfect world, you want to park it in the sun because that extra little warmth will help defrost your car.

Meng says a little vibrating and rumbling while you're driving after a snowstorm is normal.

Most of the people who Eyewitness News talked to, said, with fingers crossed, that their cars are doing okay.

"It's alright - it's doing good so far," said Huntington Resident Camille Benincaso, "here I am all in one piece!"