Preparing Your Car for the Impending Arctic Blast

Posted at 6:37 PM, Jan 02, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-03 05:18:32-05

WYOMING, Mich. — It’s been a rough Michigan winter already and it is far from over.

Dangerously cold air is on its way early next week, with single digit temperatures and wind chills possibly falling as low as 25 degrees below zero.

We haven’t seen this since February 2007. And ocal auto repair shops say they have been keeping busy this season.

Eric Carlson, owner of Ervine’s Auto Repair in Wyoming, says his shop has sold a lot more tires and batteries this winter than last.

While cars that regularly get checked should handle this next dose of Mother Nature just fine. Cars that are already having trouble could suffer, Carlson says.

Duane Ott, manager at the Belle Tire on Clyde Park in Wyoming, says that you should go through a checklist, make sure your battery is good and that your heating and cooling system is working correctly. “People take it for granted that they’re going to walk out into their vehicle and it’s going to start-up every day,” he said. “But if you’re not doing your maintenance items on the vehicle, obviously when these types of things hit you’ll end up having your problems.”