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Tips on caring for your vehicle during freezing temperatures

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With the freezing temperatures, it is important to take care of your vehicle to keep it running in top condition.  Hebert's Auto Repair gave us a few tips and what to pay attention to, to get your vehicle through the cold snap in Acadiana. 

Coolant

During colder months, make sure coolant is at the correct level. Follow manufacturers recommendations on the coolant that works with your vehicle: different coolants for different vehicles. If there is not enough coolant in the motor it can freeze. If it freezes, water expands causing cracked blocks, cracked heads and other internal problems.

Belts and Hoses

Rubber components deteriorate between summer and winter and need to be replaced or at least check to make sure they are sufficient.

Batteries

A change of temperature or climate will affect the battery. From hot to cold, cold to hot and it could be as simple as overnight temperature change that may cause issues with a car battery.

Tire Pressure

Temperature affects a tires hotter temperatures cause higher pressures, colder temperatures cause lower pressures. Check your tires before getting on the road.

Oil

Oil will get thicker because of the cold weather. If this happens, the oil won't circulate through the motor like it will when it's 200-210 degrees. By starting up the vehicle, the oil warms up and thins out.  Causing it to circulate through the motor better.

Mechanics advise letting a vehicle run for about five or three minutes before leaving. 

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