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Preparing your car for the cold temps

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. - Cold winter weather isn't just brutal for people, it can take a toll on cars too.

"My car died so we had to buy a new battery," said Kacy Roblyer from Allentown.

Roblyer and her brother made an emergency trip to Advance Auto Parts in Allentown Thursday. She says the recent low temps likely drained her car battery. Assistant Manager of the shop, Paul Stein, says he sees that all the time during the winter.

"As soon as it drops below a certain temperature, your battery will take a hit," said Stein.

Stein says the best way to protect your car in the cold weather is to prepare for it ahead of time.

"You check your engine oil, you check your anti-freeze, washer fluid, anything that has to do with levels."

Stein says making sure your car is up to snuff before winter hits will prevent a lot of problems. He says the most common issues he sees are dead batteries and broken windshield wipers.

"A lot of times people forget to put a good windshield washer fluid in there that doesn't freeze. A lot of people use the blue juice which has a tendency to freeze the windshield so when you hit that wiper first thing in the morning it goes to ice."

That can rip the blade while also taking a longer time for your car to defrost. Stein recommends using a fluid with de-icer in it for the winter months.

He also says keep a scraper handy and make sure you have one before that first snowfall.

"We'll sell out in one day, easily, in scrapers," he said.

Another helpful tip is to keep your wiper blades up off the windshield overnight to help prevent damage.

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