Important car care during Minnesota cold snap

“As we approach this cold snap in the next few days have your car inspected."

Edgar Linares
January 23, 2019 - 8:24 pm

By Edgar Linares

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With bone-chilling cold on the way, it’s time to think about how your wheels will handle it.

“As we approach this cold snap in the next few days have your car inspected, you know, have the battery tested, have the tires checked, if the oil service hasn’t been done have that performed also,” said Nick Stoffel with Lloyd’s Automotive in St. Paul.

The Twin Cities arctic blast is expected to last more than a week. Stoffel said one night of subzero temperatures won’t cause too many problems with a car, but several days in a row might tip the scales.

“Cars really don’t like the extremes,” said Stoffel.

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Automotive experts tell drivers they should expect a tough start with a car’s engine after a cold night and low tire pressure. Stoffel said the people they see often during cold periods are those who neglected their cars.

“The regular maintenance that we all think of it’s critical that we follow those service intervals, when we neglect that, or ignore that, that’s when we get ourselves into trouble,” said Stoffel.

Nick had one last tip; he said if you don’t feel comfortable jumpstarting your car, don’t do it. If it’s done incorrectly, it could cause major damage.