The extreme cold takes a toll on your vehicle

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BUCHANAN, Mich. — There are some things you should make sure of every time you get in the car when it’s this cold, like having your gas tank at least half full and all the snow cleared off.

The temperature is also hard on your engine and battery, but there are ways you can make it easier on your vehicle. 

“Make sure all your fluids are full, your anti-freeze; when the battery is four or five years old, it does put a strain on them,” said Mike Wesner, owner of Wesner Automotive.  

Your tires are doing lots of work, too.  

“Keep the air up, when it’s cold out they lose pressure,” said Wesner.  

If it’s going to freeze overnight, protect your windshield wipers. 

“Before you turn your wipers on, check them, because if they’re frozen that can ruin the blades or motor and make sure your washer fluid is good for 20-30 below,” said Wesner.

Last but not least, turn your car on every few days and let the engine warm up. 

As always, vehicles should only be started in open spaces to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. 

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