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Cold Taking a Toll on Cars

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The brutally cold temperatures may be taking a toll on you, but they are also taking a toll on your vehicles.

Some service and tow companies have seen a major swing in business compared to a week ago when temperatures were in the teens.

In fact, they have seen their business nearly double with this cold snap.

Ed's Towing Service owner Nick Grossman says, "We've taking 44 calls and probably completed 30 some of them, so we've still got a little bit of a list."

Dan's Service Center in South Fargo has also seen the phones ringing a bit more. Workers know that as soon as the cold comes around, the business will pick up.

Monday morning, the service shop had double the cars in the shop as they did a week ago.

Assistant Manager Tye Anderson says problems include, "Batteries, coolant hoses start to leak a bit, tire issues..."

Both the service shops and tow companies do not expect things to slow down anytime soon.

"Throughout the next week or two with cold weather, we'll probably be pretty busy," says Anderson.

If your car does end up at a service shop. Be prepared to wait. Some fixes like a new battery take about an hour and a half, but there are lines to get into the shop to start getting that work done.

There are some things you can do to make sure you are not one struggling to start your car in the morning, though.

One of the first things you can do, if you have a block heater is plug it in. It seems like a simple thing, but it works.

Keep an eye on your battery. One of the most common problems in the winter is a frozen battery. Typically they need to be changed every five years.

Another good way to make sure everything is running properly is to start your car and let it run a few minutes before you leave.

"It's really important to let your vehicle warm up in this time of year just to make sure all your fluids are warm. That will help everything go through the system fine," says Anderson.

One other tip is to constantly check your tires when it is this cold. Dan's Service Center sees a lot of tire issues at this time. You could lose 5-7 lbs of air per night.

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