Advice on how to protect your car in the cold

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The cold snap has led many to the mechanic, as sub-zero temperatures can take a toll on our cars.

“There is not just one issue out there, there are bunches,” said Chris Lague, Partner Tire and Service in Colchester.

Friday afternoon, three of the five cars being worked on had cold-related issues.

Lague said, “Slow starting, not starting, lack of heat blowing from the dash… we had one car overheating because there was ice in front of the radiator so it wasn’t getting air flow”

He said batteries are among the most common issues, “You want to make sure the terminals are clean with no corrosion building-up because that is a sign of a poor connection or the battery is starting to fail.”

General maintenance is the best way to avoid mishaps like these but Lague encourages car owners to be proactive during a cold snap like this.

“Check your battery and check it often, make sure your fluid levels are good, make sure your oil changes are completed and maybe even have your coolant done… it’s certainly a good place to start,” explained Lague.

One of the most common questions he gets is, should we be warming up the car? Lague says for comfort, yes but the car itself is ready to go either way.

“Most cars have a synthetic oil in them which gets to where it needs to go quickly, but it’s a catch 22 question,” said Lague.

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