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Feb 12, 2016 6:41 PM

Joe Knows: How to get your car running smoothly in the bitter cold

CONCORD - Cars, like people don't function as well in cold weather. You can wake up in the morning and your car won't start, but you have to get to work.

It's a problem, so we've compiled a list of things you can do to increase the odds of your car functioning in the extreme unseasonable cold.

1). Check the battery and replace the spark plugs (mechanics recommend changing it every 3-5 years).

Try to clean away any corrosion you may see.

2).Fill your fluids

Check the antifreeze level.

Keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.

3). Check tire pressure

Having the correct tire pressure is essential for proper handling. A temperature change of just 10 degrees can cause a 10 percent reduction of air in the tires.

4). Have an emergency kit

Keep a pair of jumper cables handy, you may need them.

Keep some flares, a blanket, an extra pair of gloves and hats, as well as dry food in case you break down or get stranded.

These basic essentials should help you and your car be ready to take on the cold.

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