Five Ways Cold Can Damage Your Car

1. Your Battery Can Die in Colder Weather. Have it tested. This will prevent going out to your car and finding a dead battery. Keeping vehicles in a garage is one definite way to ensure they will start in subzero conditions. However, if you don’t have access to a garage, it’s important to check the health of your vehicle’s battery before the cold arrives.

Deutcsh advised, “A typical battery can last an average of about three years and usually can handle the cold. Extreme cold pulls voltage from a battery, making it harder for your car to start. A typical battery is most comfortable between 30 and 90 F, so anything below that lower end will give you trouble.”

2. Fluids Thicken During Dropping Temperatures. Check all your fluids. This includes oil, antifreeze, power steering, brake and transmission fluids.

“When it gets cold, fluids thicken and that will make it harder for your car to get the fluids it need to run properly. Transmission is a big one. That fluid in particular needs to flow quickly, and your car won’t function if it flows at a slow pace,” Deutcsh warned.

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