Bitter cold temperatures set to descend on the regionFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Brace yourselves for tomorrow. An entire day full of subzero temperatures and wind chills as cold as 40 below. With temperatures like that, sometimes things just don't work right.
Brace yourselves for tomorrow. An entire day full of subzero temperatures and wind chills as cold as 40 below. With temperatures like that, sometimes things just don't work right.
There's nothing worse than coming out to start your car in the morning and hearing nothing, especially when temperatures are in the negative teens, like they're supposed to be tomorrow. Mechanics all around town are preparing for just that type of situation.
Steve Bettenhausen – Gateway Service Center, Fargo: “Can't pinpoint any particular thing, but a lot of different things just break when it gets cold.”
One of the most popular items to break underneath the hood in this kind of weather is your battery.
Steve Bettenhausen: “If it's four or five years, it's a good idea to get it replaced. Spark plugs last 75,000, it's a good idea any time after that, put spark plugs in.”
For those new to the cold weather, engine block heaters are a fairly cheap investment to make sure the engine turns over in subzero weather. Tires will also lose pressure as temperatures dip. It's recommended you maintain a tire pressure of 35 to 40 pounds per square inch, even if that means filling them multiple times in the winter.
Steve Bettenhausen: “That way if they do leak a little bit, you got a little extra.”
A car that doesn't start isn't only inconvenient, it can be dangerous. Even a few minutes in these temperatures can harm your body, especially when we're used to the mild temps we've had so far.
Daryl Ritchison – StormTRACKER Meteorologist: “It usually takes most people three days to get accustomed to a temperature change like that, although I'm not sure if you ever completely adapt to 30's and 40's below wind chill.”
As always, make sure you leave yourself plenty of time to get to work and school tomorrow. Also, police ask that you lock your door if you intend on starting your car a few minutes early.