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Cold Weather Planning Means Less Car Trouble

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Experts say most people wait until it's very cold to get their vehicles winterized.
WILSON — Keeping the house warm is a top priority incold weather, but cars and trucks often go unattended. Experts say cars may be the first things to go as the mercury drops, but mechanics saythere are some simple, inexpensive methods to keep the car on the road.

Jimmie Rasberry knows what it's like to be cold. Before he moved toWilson, he lived in a climate where temperatures typically dropped to40 degrees below zero.

Many people don't even think about winterizing their cars until coldweather strikes, but that can lead to costly repairs that could have beenprevented. Auto repair service manager Greg Williamson says taking care ofa few basics now, even on newer cars, can save time and headaches later.

Professionals say hidden belts and hoses can crack from the coldweather, and bring any trip to a grinding halt. Good anti-freeze, oil anda strong battery are on the cold weather checklist, and good tires arealso important.

Many repair shops offer special discounts at this time of year.

Reporter/Photographer:Brian Bowman

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