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3 Common Car Ailments That Ruin Winter Mornings

Freezing temperatures and winter weather can take a toll on your vehicle and make your winter mornings less than ideal. Regular vehicle maintenance and seasonal preparations can prevent those rough mornings. Keep reading to check out three common winter ailments and steps you can take to keep your car in good condition all winter long.

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1. Battery Issues

Have you ever run out to your car only to find the lights are dim and the engine barely turns over? This is because cold temperatures reduce the cranking power of a battery. Not to mention cold weather causes oil to thicken, causing more strain on your engine and battery. The best ways to maintain a battery in the cold are to park in a garage, use your car for 10 or more minutes a day, and keep the battery charged. Because batteries can become very inefficient at low temperatures and you don't want to get caught in the cold, the first thing you should do when the temperatures start to drop is stop by your local shop and have your battery inspected. Checking the battery quality is the perfect way to find out if you need to replace the battery or have it recharged before extreme winter weather hits.

2. Spark Plug Problems

Just like the battery, cold temperatures have an effect on all electrical components and spark plugs are no different. The lower temperatures reduce the cranking amps and the plugs in turn can have a problem achieving enough spark to ignite the fuel mixture. Continuing to crank the engine can flood the engine and cause even more frustration. In order to prevent this situation, it is best to have your spark plugs and ignition system checked by a professional. Carbon buildup and poor spacing on the spark plugs can become an issue in low temperatures. Using a file or wire brush is a great way to reduce carbon deposits and a feeler gauge are great ways to remedy concerns before harsh winter weather arrives.

3. Low Tire Pressure

As temperatures drop, so too does your tire pressure. Cold air condenses in cold weather, at a rate of about 1 pound per 10 degrees, lowering your tire pressure and putting you at risk for a flat or blown-out tire. The best solution to this common winter ailment is to make sure your tires are of good quality and have them filled as soon as cold weather arrives. At Custom Complete Automotive, our expert mechanics are here to ensure you have no problem making it to your destination on a frigid morning. For more preventative maintenance tips or to learn more about our auto services, contact us today!

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Eric Riddles

Eric Riddles is an ASE Certified Master Automobile Technician who has been working as an auto mechanic since 1998 and originally joined the team at Custom Complete Automotive in 2005. Eric has numerous certifications in various aspects of car repair and spent 10 years training the next generation of auto technicians at a local high school Auto Shop classroom.

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