Low tires, dead battery could be winter’s wake-up call

Warning lights are going off for tire pressure in vehicles in the Mahoning Valley.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The bitter cold temperatures not only made it hard to get out of bed Tuesday, but those temperatures can also be tough on vehicles. It’s this time of year that those dashboard warning lights can go off, signaling  a problem

Frank Cretella, general manager at Ludt’s Towing, said they were running out between the hours of 4:30 a.m. and 7 a.m. to jump-start cars that wouldn’t start.

Cretella said steep temperatures can cause tires to lose pressure, triggering the pressure monitor light on the dashboard. Pressure will decrease about one pound per square inch for every 10 degrees the outside temperature drops.

“When we went from the 40s down to single digits this morning, your tire started getting lower in pressure. When you are driving, you are running on a less inflated tire, and you are more susceptible to pot hole damage and the sidewall getting ripped,” Cretella said.

Under-inflated tires do not perform well, so it’s important to keep them inflated. Make sure to check the vehicles manual for correct pressure when inflating.

Cretella also recommends a windshield wiper fluid with a de-icer in it. Spray-on de-icers can be applied the day before and expedite the thawing process for the windshield the next morning.

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