Mechanics busy with cold-related car problems

Mechanics busy with cold-related car problems

MUHLENBERG TWP., Pa. - The cold is wreaking havoc on our comfort levels, and that sways true to vehicles, too.

Towing companies have been trying to stay on top of all the calls they've been receiving from customers having car issues.

For many drivers, the frigid temperatures the past few days have been putting a damper in their plans. Towing companies have been sending out their trucks rapidly to help drivers who have found themselves at a stand-still.

"We've been non-stop. A lot of peoples' cars have not been starting at the time that they want them to," said Joshua Chesonis, towing worker at Weaver's Towing in Muhlenberg Township.

Chesonis said Weaver's has had to jump-start or tow hundreds of cars because of the frigid temperatures since this weekend.

"Last year, we were spoiled," said Chesonis.

69 News tagged along on some of those calls Wednesday. Chesonis' first stop was on Pricetown Road in Alsace Township, where a man's car battery died. Luckily, the problem was resolved. While on this call, another dispatch call came in for a car failing to start.

With these cold and uncomfortable temperatures so far this week, Chesonis said the majority of the problems Weaver's Towing has been seeing are dead batteries.

Automotive professionals recommend for drivers to have regular vehicle maintenance check-ups on their car's batteries, starters and alternators.

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