January 23, 2003

Automobile Association offers tips for motorists during cold weather

Dearborn Michigan – The American Automobile Association is providing motorists a few tips to deal with being locked out of a frozen vehicle or coping with a dead battery.

  • Park your car in the garage. If you have no garage put a tarpaulin over the car. Or put a plastic trash bag between the door (or window glass) and the frame.

  • Keep your gas tank at least half full to avoid fuel-line freeze-up.
  • To avoid frozen door or door locks, buy a lubricant that is available in most auto supply stores.
  • Heat your key (a pocket lighter works nicely), but remember to wear gloves or hold the key with pliers.
  • Fill a plastic jug or bag with hot water. Hold it against the door panel or lock area. But don’t throw hot water on the car. It, too, will freeze.
  • Test your battery strength to determine its cold weather cranking power.

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