Freezing temps could cost thousands in vehicle repairs

Freezing temps could cost thousands in vehicle repairs

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WINTHROP, MA - JANUARY 3: Cars lie buried under snow along Veterans Avenue after an overnight winter storm January 3, 2014 in Winthrop, Massachusetts. The storm began mid day Thursday and has affected millions across much of the Northeast with heavy snow causing thousands of cancelled flights and bringing coastal flooding. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

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by Mayra Moreno / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on January 6, 2014 at 11:02 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 11:02 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Another concern in the morning is your vehicle. A night of freezing temperatures can do a number on your car and it may also cost you thousands. A local mechanic provided some easy tips that will help.

"They have busted radiators, busted hoses, busted engines," said Sam Elsorogy about what he sees after a night of freezing temperatures when folks don't keep up with their car maintenance.

"Check your belts, your hoses. Check your batteries," said Elsorogy, naming a few of the small things you should do before you go to bed and could save you thousand of dollars in the long run.

First off: check your anti-freeze. If you don't have enough, it could cause big problems.

"Especially when the temperature changes dramatically," he said.

Elsorogy recommended maintaining a good mixture of anti-freeze and water in a 50/50 solution.

"Visually check your battery [to see that] there's no acid around terminals or leaking anything," said Elsorogy.

Elsorogy also said to test your battery to check how much cranking amps are left. You can purchase a device to do it yourself or ask your local mechanic.

Checking your tires is also important. Having enough air and tire thread is vital when driving in icy conditions.

"In the morning make sure your wipers are not stuck to your windshield if they froze up," said Elsorogy.

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