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Cold Weather Car Repairs

The deep freeze can take a bite out of your car causing many things like cracked hoses and leaking anti-freeze. Mechanic Mike Hannon at Junaluska Exxon in Waynesville says he's seeing broken or brittle radiator hoses.

"And when that happens, the car loses antifreeze and overheats," said Hannon.

But as you might expect, he has customers calling saying their cars won't start.

"The most things I'm getting right now are slow starts if not no-starts at all.  And that's due to batteries being frozen overnight," said Hannon.

Hannon says there's not much to do at that point except to replace the batteries. He says he's even seen brand new batteries destroyed in temperatures this low.

He also says customers are coming in with broken windshield wipers, which can get stuck by snow and ice and then ripped apart when they're turned on.  Again, he says, nothing to do but replace them at that point.

Singletons Tire & Service in Waynesville is staying busy seeing the same problems. Chris Allen says cold temperatures can suck air out of your tires.

"So we've got a lot of people coming in here with low pressure tire lights coming on and big thing to do with that...up the pressure...go from there," said Allen.

Mechanics say have your battery checked once a year, and put fresh anti-freeze in your car at least every three to four years.

By Rex Hodge

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