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Cold Weather Wreaks Havoc On Cars

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SALISBURY, Md. - This cold weather doesn't look like it's going anywhere anytime soon.
Over the past few weeks, it's been making things difficult for drivers - not just because of icy roads, but because the freezing temps have been wreaking havoc on their cars.

The Grease Monkey service shop in Salisbury is usually pretty packed on Saturdays, but after weeks of freezing temperatures, manager Ron Mayr says they've been getting a little more action than usual, and "it's just been so cold here, we're not set up for it."

He says many on Delmarva aren't used to cold spells like the one we've seen this year, causing problems they don't see very often.

One, complaints of frozen windshield washer fluid.

"It's not freezing up in the buckets, but it's freezing up right off the hood of the car," says Mayr.

Our mechanic says that's something you might be able to fix on your own.  He says try blowing the nozzel where the wiper fluid comes out to heat it up.    

Something that might be a little harder to take care of on your own..."cars not starting 6:46 it's just gotten so cold, the battery just can't handle," says Mayr.

WMDT came to the shop just as mechanics were changing the dead battery in a Cadillac.  Ron Mayr says pay attention to your car.  If it doesn't start the way it normally would, your battery might be on the brink of failing.

And before you head out on the roads, give your car some time to warm up...not just so you'll be more comfortable during the ride, but "if you don't give  enough time for the lubricants to get up, it's wearing and tearing on that engine pretty badly."

Another reminder: double check your tire pressure.  For every ten degrees the temperature drops, you lose one pound of air in your tires, which can make maneuvering on slick roads even more difficult.

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