Many cold weather tow jobs avoidable

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – The wintery cold also can mean a busier time for local towing companies, and many of them are called for situations that could have been avoided with some preventative maintenance.

Workers with Gobel’s Towing say they’ve been getting calls for just about everything from people stuck in the snow and ice during yesterday’s storm to breakdowns in the extreme cold – even doors and car locks becoming frozen.

Owner Vaughn Gobel said many problems motorists face are avoidable.

“Froze up airlines means they didn’t do preventative maintenance before this cold snap. Fuel line gel-up, some coolant issues, they are gelling up their coolant,” Gobel said.

Gobel said something as simple as parking your vehicle out of the wind can help maintain the battery.

AAA recommends the following:

  • Clean any corrosion from battery posts and cable connections and wash all surfaces with battery terminal cleaner or a solution of baking soda and water. Have the battery checked by a professional to ensure it is strong enough to face cold weather.
  • Have any engine drivability problems corrected at a good repair shop. Symptoms like hard starts, rough idling, stalling or diminished power could signal a problem that would be exacerbated by cold weather.
  • Replace worn windshield-wiper blades. If your climate is harsh, purchase one-piece beam-type or rubber-clad “winter” blades to fight snow and ice build-up. Use cold-weather windshield washer solvent and carry an ice-scraper.
  • Inspect all lights and bulbs and replace burned out bulbs. Clean road grime or clouding from all lenses.
  • Have your mechanic check the exhaust system for leaks and look for any holes in the trunk and floorboards.
  • Examine tires for tread depth, uneven wearing and cupping. Check tire pressures once a month when tires are cold, before driving for any distance. In extreme climates, a set of winter snow tires may be a wise investment.

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