Hundreds of schools and businesses across the state are closed today due to sub-zero temperatures and harsh wind chill factors. Many Nebraskans were also late getting to work because their car wouldn’t start. Bob Fenster is a mechanic at Buchanan’s Service Center in Omaha and says winter can be hard on a car. He says when you turn the key and nothing happens it is likely the battery. They have a life span of about 3 1/2 to 4 years and replacing it will likely solve the problem.
Fenster says this is when a garage comes in handy. He says the temperature inside a garage is about 30-degrees warmer than outside and that makes a world of difference when it comes to a battery. Fenster says even parking out of the wind can be helpful. He says it isn’t uncommon for drivers north of Nebraska to remove their battery in frigid weather and bring it in the house. The battery stays warm and when it is reinstalled in the morning the car should fire right up.
Fenster also advises to service your vehicle regularly and make sure all fluids are at proper levels. He says it is also a good idea to check the air pressure in your tires. Tires often lose air in cold weather and if you drive on a low tire you risk a flat.