Cars May Not Start with Cold Weather Expected

Extreme cold weather could give a knockout punch to engines Tuesday.

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Extreme cold weather could give a knockout punch to engines Tuesday.

If you're not ready, you may not be going anywhere.

With the extreme cold that is on the way, tire pressure is one thing local mechanics are really reminding people to take care of before they hit the roads.

Cold air can contract and reduce the air pressure in tires which can make driving dangerous.

Another part of your car that may not work in the cold is the battery. You might even have to get a new battery after this cold snap that we're about to go through.

Batteries that are three or four years old can have a hard time getting your car started and your engine running in cold temperatures.

Area mechanics also said there are a number of reasons your car may not start in the morning due to the cold.

Gary Bauserman, who owns a local Midas, explained, “Your coolant is very important. Make sure your antifreeze is tested and that it's good for zero degree weather we're supposed to get for a few days. Make sure it's good and clean as well."


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