Indy mechanics slammed with dead batteries, overheated engines

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Mechanics on the north side of Indianapolis said they are slammed with business because of a mix of people coming in to winterize their cars and other who should have.

"We are booked two weeks in advanced," Pete's Service Center Owner Eric Grabovsky said. "We have a lot of repairs going on right now. A lot of cars are broken down right now being towed to us. It’s a crazy time of the year.”

Grabovsky said the two most common winter related problems he sees are dead batteries and overheated engines.

“This time of year a lot of cars fail because the battery will not start also the cars are overheating," Grabovsky said.

Grabovsky said while it's always important to keep up with routine maintenance on your vehicle, if you check these three things this winter you'll have a much better chance of staying safe and moving on the road.

  • Tires: Grabovsky said it's very important to make sure the tread on your tires is good. He said if you have rear-wheel drive vehicle you should especially consider getting winter tires. He said those tires are softer and able to grip the roadway much better in the cold.
  • Fluid Levels: If you take you vehicle to a professional they will most likely check all your fluids, but the three fluids Grabovsky said are especially important during the winter months are windshield wiper fluid, your oil and your coolant. Grabovsky said your coolant level is the most important fluid in your car this time of year, because it is what keeps your engine from overheating.
  • Battery: Finally, Grabovsky suggest getting your car battery levels checked. He said the average life of a battery is between three and five years. He said if your battery falls within that time frame it's a good idea to see a professional and get it check out.