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Freezing temperatures result in car trouble

Car trouble in freezing temperatures

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Drivers around southern Colorado are having trouble before even hitting the road. The freezing temperatures are taking a toll on cars.

Dale Kurtz, a mechanic at Courtesy Automotive Service Center, said they have had a lot of customers this week.

"Obviously, things don't like to function very easily when they get that cold," he said.

Kurtz said among the things customers have had trouble with are batteries, antifreeze and windshield fluid. But the most common problem has been heaters not working.

He said the best thing drivers can do is to check things regularly. Make sure the windshield wipers, headlights and belts are working, that the battery is strong and that the antifreeze is at the right protection level of -35.

"As long as it's at the right protection level, things won't freeze up and cause the heater to not work or the engine to overheat, those types of things," he said.

Kurtz said he has gotten a lot of calls from people saying the light indicating low air pressure in the tires is going on. He said if you don't have a flat tire, don't be too concerned. It's going on because of the cold temperatures. But it will typically go off once temperatures aren't as cold. Still, he said, it's a good idea to check air pressure regularly.

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