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Mechanics Burning the Midnight Oil During Cold Stretch

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This cold weather is taking a serious toll on the vehicles we drive. The deep freeze does a number on our batteries, tires and engines, which is putting mechanics into over-drive. Most of them are burning the midnight oil trying to get your ride back in gear.
"It's been extremely busy this year since it's gotten cold in mid-December," Andrew Moseng, owner at Drew's Garage in North Fargo. "Since it's gotten really cold, it's been non-stop."
Andrew has been servicing more cars in the F-M area over the last four years his shop has been open. But, when the cold sets in, he really has to kick his work into high gear.
Most commonly, he sees flat repairs, low tires, fluid leaks and dying batteries during the cold months. This January, he has so many vehicles going through his two-man shop that many customers will have to wait two weeks for appointments as simple as an oil change.
"It takes longer to get a vehicle in the shop if you have to pull it from outside, or try to jump-start it," he said.
Since busy season set in, Andrew has rescheduled his hours. No longer does he work 8 to 5. 
"Most of the time, if it's busy, I'll be here until 6 or 7," he said. "I've been here until 10 or 11 o'clock before. If it needs to get done, I'll do it."
Though mechanics around the valley are very busy this time of year, they recommend bringing your car in anyway for check-ups before anything goes seriously wrong.
AAA of Minnesota released a report Monday that broke its previous record for the number car services in one day. Yesterday, 3,000 cars were serviced. The previous record was 2,500 cars set during a cold stretch in February of 2007.


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