Winterizing Your Car
by KDLT News
January 19, 2013 5:24 PM
Mother Nature can be unpredictable. With colder conditions, cars can be too. Yet, there are ways to avoid future headaches.
"Have the car parked in a way that you can get to it with the jumper cables or something like that to get it started,” said Doug Olson, Sioux Falls Meineke owner.
Doug Olson, has been the owner of Meineke in Sioux Falls for twelve years.
He says sometimes performing the simple tasks at home may help maintain your vehicle in the freezing temps.
Olson said, "If the battery is a little weak, it wouldn't hurt to start it and let it run for ten minutes before you go to bed and also the next morning. Maybe be prepared to start the day a little earlier.”
Olson says besides regular maintenance check-ups, it's important to get regular tune-ups.
The battery is not always to blame for the vehicle not starting.
He says there could be a problem with the plugs and wires.
"The big thing to follow is the maintenance schedule of the car, keeping it tuned up, keeping the fluids fresh," said Olson.
It could be something as simple as turning off accessories in your car.
"Leaving something like a GPS running or your cell phone plugged in, anything that would have an auxiliary power unit, that can draw power," said Olson.