ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) – As the temperatures drop below freezing this week, its a good idea to make sure your car will be ready to start on a cold day. Dan Gray has some helpful tips on keeping your car in working order for cold weather.
The AAA Motor Club of St. Louis says their crews weren’t very busy on Monday, but that’s most likely due to the Martin Luther King Holiday. But they are expecting a 20 percent increase in business Tuesday morning as people try to start their cold cars.
Some of the cars have been sitting idle for three or four days but AAA says there are steps you can take to make sure your car starts during cold snaps and all winter long.
Make sure your battery is in good working order. It is crucial to keep your car running in the cold. Battery terminals should be clean and tight. The battery should be checked for proper charge and load tested to verify cold cranking ability.
Also check the cooling system, anti-freeze should be added which protects the system to 30 below. As temperatures drop, so does air pressure in tires. Check the air pressure often during the winter and make sure your spare tire is inflated properly.
AAA also says to keep your door locks from freezing, use graphite or silicon type lubricant on the locks.