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Freezing Temperatures – What to Check on Your Vehicle

Extremely cold temperature can take quite a toll on your vehicle.  Avoid being stranded the next time your out when the temperature drops by quickly checking over these couple of items. IMG_0254-8 - Copy

1.)  Battery – Your battery is most likely to die in the winter months when the weather is below zero.  When it is cold outside the power output drops and the battery doesn’t recharge as quickly.  If your battery is more than five years old, you may want to look into getting it replaced as soon as possible.

2.)  Gas – Make sure to keep at least a half of tank of gas in your vehicle during the winter.  Having less than a half of tank of gas can increase the chance of condensation forming in the gas tank.  Since water is heavier than gas, it can find its way up into the fuel lines and freeze, blocking the flow of gas.

3.)  Tire Pressure – Since the air in the tires supports the whole vehicle, it is important to check the tire pressure on a regular basis.  Air is a gas that expands when the weather is hot outside and contracts when its cold.

4.)  Emergency Kit – In the event that something unfortunate happens to your vehicle and you end up stranded on the side of the road, make sure to pack an emergency kit.  Your kit should include; water, warm clothes, food, shovel, flashlight, and a first aid kit.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at one of our locations.

Maplewood – (651) 489-9455
1728 Rice St.
Maplewood, MN 55113

Hugo – (651) 407-3611
5241 130th St. N.
Hugo, MN 55038

Crystal – (763) 535- 1715
5337 Edgewood Ave. N
Crystal, MN 55428