Winter can be hard on vehicles, as many people in the Drumheller area learned last week when they couldn't get theirs started.
 
Mason Schinnour is the service manager at Sunrise Auto.
 
"It's played its toll on quite a few people's cars: the minus 35's that we were getting weren't very friendly on anything really, mostly batteries," he outlined. "Plugging in your car is helpful; it helps the coolant warm up, but it does nothing for anything else, so if you're parked for a long period of time your battery can take a good hit."
 
"If you're going to park your car for a long time, it's good to have battery maintainers plugged in; you can buy those at any parts store," he recommended. "Remote starters are good (but) they're not in a sense of if it's not starting properly, you can't be out there with it to see what's going on."
 
Many motorists take their vehicles in for winter servicing before the worst of the cold weather hits and Schinnour thinks that's important to keep them running properly.
 
"If you have issues going on, you're going to want to get that fixed before it amplifies with the weather," he cautioned. "Mostly any fluids, any lines that transfer the fluids around, coolant strength, if the block heater's even working. Any sort of leaks are bad; obviously, you want to seal those up; as fluid gets thick it's harder to move."
 
If you haven't had your vehicle serviced recently, Schinnour recommends starting the new eyar with a visit to your repair shop.
 
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