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Cars Stall In Sub-Zero Temperatures

December 23, 2013, 9:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Cars Stall In Sub-Zero Temperatures
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It doesn't matter if it's an older car or a newer one, these bitter temperatures will still pack quite a punch to vital parts of the car that could leave you stranded on the side of the road.

When the temperature dips below zero, sights like a car getting towed tend to become more common and that means busy times for area auto repair shops.

"We had as big as a six-hour delay getting vehicles towed so far today (Monday) and I really don't see an end in sight, the phone just keeps ringing," Airway Auto Service owner Tom Broadbent said.

From the start of the day and beyond closing time, calls for a tow remained a constant. Cars are stalling because of the effects of the sub-zero temperatures.

"It's surprising after we've already had a nice cold snap that it's happening this way, but this severe cold weather just takes a toll on things," Broadbent said.

If your car does start right away, there are things you can do before you get on the road to make sure it stays working. Leave it on for ten to 15 minutes to give all of the internal parts a chance to warm up. This will give you the best chance of not stalling later on in your trip.

Bitter cold temperatures just like this take a major toll on everything underneath the hood. So, it's important to make sure that your spark plugs and your batteries are taken care of so you can be on the road safe and sound.

Even a simple check of the fluids could be what it takes to keep your car going this winter.

"Get the battery tested, anti-freeze all filled, get the car serviced, get spark plugs, especially the spark plugs and the fuel system maintained before this weather gets here. Then you have a pretty god chance of everything working the way they should," Broadbent said.

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