Sub-zero temperatures can be especially hard on vehicles

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2015)– Experts say this cold snap is especially hard on vehicles.

They stress that now is not the time to find out a car’s battery is going bad, or something even more serious.

Robert Baskin, manager at Michigan Road Midas, said his staff has seen many problems lately directly related to this cold.

Two big problems are with a vehicle’s radiator and battery.

In addition to that, Baskin said many drivers have to wait hours in the freezing cold for a tow truck.

Then, of course, factor in the cost of the tow and any repairs.

“We’re seeing a lot of tow-ins because it’s too late, it’s too late, the battery’s already failed, the radiator’s already busted, so the only alternative is to have them towed in,” Baskin said. “Usually when the temperatures are this low, even jump starting the vehicles won’t work.”

He said drivers need to do preventive maintenance on their cars.

If not, he said it’s not too late to get a new car battery since this cold stretch is expected to last.

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