Common Winter Car Repairs

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auto service golden valley auto electricWinter can wreak havoc on your car or truck. There are a lot more hazards on the road this time of year vs. just about any other time of year. Our auto service near Golden Valley sees a lot of the same problems with cars during the winter months. Here are a few of the ones we see the most and how we usually fix them.

Dead batteries

When the temperatures outside are below freezing, you car demands more out of its battery. As a result, dead batteries are more of a problem during the winter than any other time of year. Sometimes, all you need to fix the battery is a jumpstart from a friendly neighbor. But our auto service will gladly dispose of your old battery and put in a new one if you need us to.

Car won’t start

Your car sits outside overnight and sometimes that means it will not start the following day. If it doesn’t start at first, try turning the key again and hold it for up to 20 seconds (but no longer than that). Do not continuously crank the key in the ignition if it does not immediately start. Check to make sure things like the car stereo, window wipers, heater and any lights are off and then try again. If possible, try to get a jumpstart from someone. If that still does not work, have your car towed to our auto service so we can see what’s going on. Sometimes, the cold air will affect your car in such a way that it will not easily turn on (or it won’t turn on at all). You can get a block heater for your engine and oil or you can get a battery blanket.

Problems with tires

Thanks to the various hazards on the road during the winter months, like pot holes, ice and more, your tires can really take a beating when it’s cold outside. Not only that, your tire pressure can be adversely affected as well. Pressure will drop as temperatures drop, so be sure to check your tire pressure on a regular basis to ensure they are properly inflated. You should also consider snow tires since Minnesota tends to get a lot of snow during the winter.

Do you want more information on our auto service near Golden Valley? Call Auto Electric at 763-537-1221, or you can contact us to Schedule an Appointment.

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