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Winterizing Your Car Helps Protect You and Your Vehicle

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The freezing weather can not only take a hit on your health but can be hard on your car.
Ivey's Service Center in Joplin says they see increased traffic during winter months.

“We've seen more people due to the cold temperatures with non-start problems, no heat in the cab of their cars, no blowers, their blowers not blowing,” says Receptionist Pam Sullivan.

And when heating up your car, for newer models idling isn't always the quickest ways to warm up.

“It's not really necessary to let them warm up. They're fine to leave as soon as you start them,” says technician Brandon Spain.

This is because they have heated oxygen sensors. Making sure you have the proper coolant is also crucial.

“Year round you keep it at 50/50 but some people will add water in the summer and it gets more diluted. And in that way if you don't check it before the freezing weather comes along you'll end up with a frozen block and it'll end up breaking it,” says Spain.

He recommends easy driving through city streets to heat up your car faster, instead of gunning it on the freeway, because more air is flowing over the radiator.

One of the most common problems when driving in the cold weather is low tire pressure. And you can even check it yourself. All cars are different, but for the KOAM NEWS car optimal reading is at 32 psi."

You can usually find the perfect level for your car in the inside car door of your vehicle or check the owner's manual.

Switching over your wiper fluid to an anti-freeze that protects up to -20 degrees will also help to de-ice the windshield and make sure it doesn't bust the tank.

In Joplin, Diane Gerstenfeld KOAM NEWS.
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