Morning temperatures in California have been trending below average recently, which may be taking a toll on your car. A local auto expert is offering tips for taking care of your car in the cold.
When the temperature gets below 40 degrees, the cold begins to affect your tires, belts, hoses and other important components.
"One of the first things that you will notice is that depending on the viscosity of your oil, that oil is going to start to thicken and what that does is make it more difficult for your engine to crank over. It puts more stress on your charging and starting, so on your battery and your starter," said Joe Gibson, owner of the Auto Experts in Sacramento.
Gibson says as the temperature goes down, so does the starting power in your battery. He suggests getting it checked if you are having issues getting the engine to turn over.
"Any struggles like that are typically going to be signs of a low battery it could be just a situation where it may need a charge, but you may also need to do a battery replacement," Gibson said. "We want to make sure that your charging system is charging your battery properly."
It is also important to make sure you have proper levels of coolant. Gibson recommends a 50-50 mix of antifreeze and water.
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