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Tips to keep car running in subzero temperatures
By Maria Miller
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- The snow is winding down in most of the region but the cold temperatures are just approaching.
When it comes to vehicles and cold weather, there are some precautions you should take, although local mechanics say some no longer hold true.
"With today's cars you have fuel injections. In the old days you had corroborators," said Steve Simanski, manager at Dean Jordan Goodyear in Richland Township. "A lot has changed in the last 20 years. With cars, they're definitely a lot better."
For instance, mechanics said it's not necessary to turn your car on and let it run periodically throughout the day and night. They said you should let it warm up before you venture out.
"Tomorrow I'd let my car run for at least 15-20 minutes before you decide to move," said Simanski. "Make sure all the fluid and everything is moving along, the transmission fluid, the oil itself ... it's all going to be froze tomorrow."
Including, possibly, the gasoline in your tank. Simanski said you don't have to fill it up entirely, but if your car sits outside, he does suggest buying Icipropal, or dry gas, to help keep it from freezing.
His biggest concern though, and the problem he expects customers coming in with the most, will be dead batteries.
"Everything's going to be just so cold, and hard to move and that battery has to," said Simanski. "It's not that the battery is bad, it just has to push a lot more to make that engine turn tomorrow."
And that's why he has a very simple suggestion for Tuesday.
"Only venture out if you have to," he said.
If you really need to, officials suggest you to go out and get what you need before the temperatures drop any further. If you do need to go out Tuesday, they said it's a good idea to have a blanket with you and an emergency kit, but most importantly, have a fully charged cellphone.