During the winter months in the Twin Cities, proper car repair becomes a bit more important than during the summer months. Of course, you never want to be stranded along the side of the road because your car broke down, but somehow it’s a lot worse when it’s 10 degrees out! Auto Electric, serving Twin Cities and the surrounding area, has some tips on car repair. Twin Cities and the surrounding area get quite cold during winter and if you combine that with bad weather, it’s a perfect storm for car break-downs and needed car repair. So here are a few things you can do to help prevent car repair work. Of course, none of this is foolproof. Break-downs in the Twin Cities are going to happen no matter what. But some preventative maintenance can go a long way to help prevent car repair!
The first tip in Twin Cities car repair is to make sure all of your car’s fluids are completely filled up and mixed properly. You need the right amount of coolant and antifreeze in your engine to keep it running, keep it from freezing and keep the engine from cracking. But don’t add too much or else you could cause heating problems and need even more car repair work done! Your windshield wiper fluid reservoir should be full as well, and there should also be an antifreeze agent in there so the reservoir doesn’t freeze and crack and so the washer pump continues to properly operate. Keep your gas tank at least halfway full so the fuel lines don’t freeze. And if you’re going to leave your car sitting for awhile, make sure the gas tank is completely full.
When you’re driving in the Twin Cities and the surrounding area, be extra vigilant. There are a lot more hazards on the road when the weather is cold, like potholes and snow and ice sliding off of other cars when driving down the road. (Do yourself and other Twin Cities drivers a favor: when your car is covered in snow and ice, be sure to remove all of it so it’s not a hazard for others on the road!) And make sure your car has a snow shovel, kitty litter (for grip) and extra necessities, like a blanket, extra coat, gloves, hat, a bit of food and water, etc. This is for the worst-case scenario – in case you get stuck and can’t get yourself unstuck and have to sit for awhile waiting for car repair help.
Finally, make sure you keep an eye on your tires. Did you know that for every 10 degrees the temperature drops, your tire pressure decreases by 1 pound? It doesn’t sound like much, but that can add up over time and could lead to expensive car repair work. Plus, maintaining the correct tire pressure can help improve your gas mileage and give you better traction on slippery Twin Cities roads.
For routine car repair and more in the Twin Cities, call Auto Electric at (763) 537-1221 or contact us online.