Killeen: Prepare vehicles now for the cold that’s coming

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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) With the colder temperatures moving into Central Texas you may want to make sure your car is ready for the cold.

Mechanics at a Killeen business say to help your car start in cold weather you need to check its fluids most importantly your oil and radiator fluid.

Joseph Bynum a local mechanic says low oil pressure can put a strain on the electrical system when starting your car.

“All the fluids in your vehicle go through viscosity changes under cold temperatures. So your engine oil gets thicker, so a low engine oil issue can be exacerbated by cold temperatures. That also puts extra strain on the starter and back on the battery for trying to crank the engine,” Bynum said.

Javier Espinoza is also a mechanic in Killeen he said if you've had your car for more than four years make sure you have your battery tested. Most mechanics will test the battery for free.

“Corrosion is one of the big things that goes wrong with it. Sometimes when a customer changes their battery that leave something loose which will cause a lot of draw with the battery because it's not a solid connection,” Espinoza said.

Espinoza also said to avoid having issues with your car you need take it in and have it looked at by a certified mechanic to avoid any cold weather issues with your car.