Tips to Ensure You're Not Stranded in the Cold

11:14 PM, Jan 23, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- This is the time of year when your car's weaknesses can suddenly present themselves.

With temperatures in the teens over the past couple nights, Joe Kaufman has seen an influx of cold weather woes at his shop, Kaufman's Auto Clinic in Rockville.

He's seen problems ranging from battery trouble to antifreeze issues, all stemming from the cold weather. So, we wondered is it fact or fiction that you should let your car warm up before hitting the road on a cold morning? Kaufman says this is a fact, since a cold engine doesn't perform well on the road.

A popular old wives' tale is that you need to have at least a quarter-tank of gas, to prevent moisture in the tank from freezing. Kaufman says that, while a frozen tank is not a threat to your car, you should still fill it up on a regular basis.

"It's better to have it halfway full in case you get out there and you get stranded, and you have to idle with the engine on," Kaufman says. "You don't want to run out of gas when you need the heat the most".

Kauffman recommends keeping an emergency kit in your vehicle, and checking all the fluids under the hood on a monthly basis. Regular maintenance is the key to preventing problems down the




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