TAKING ACTION: Cold weather car tips

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - In addition to taking care of yourself in this cold weather, you also need to be thinking about your car. The store manager at Express Oil Change gave us the following tips on how to keep your car in good shape when temperatures drop way below freezing:

  • Let you car warm up three to five minutes before you put it in drive.  Not doing this could cause damage to the pistons, seals, and other parts of the engine.
  • Make sure your belts and hoses aren't damaged. Problems with those could leave you stranded somewhere.
  • Check your antifreeze levels. On each reserve container, there will be a minimum and maximum mark. Make sure the fluids are in-between those levels.
  • Top off your windshield wiper fluid and make sure it's a winterized brand. You might need it to scrape off ice or snow from your windshield.
  • Double check your battery's charge. Cranking the battery in cold weather is hard on it anyway, so a weak charge could keep the car from starting.
  • Get your oil changed if you're overdue. Cold weather could cause sludge to build up in your engine.
  • Your tire pressure needs to be at the appropriate level. You can see what is appropriate for your car by looking at the label posted inside the driver's side door.

If you're unsure about doing any of this, several businesses around town will run these checks for free.