Cold temperatures damage vehicle components

Local News

People aren’t the only ones having a hard time in the frigid conditions dominating the Twin Tiers.

Many components in your vehicle are vulnerable to damage in these dangerously cold conditions, and care should be taken to ensure your car or truck is prepared to continue functioning as normal.

Rose Rice, owner of Rice’s Auto Services in Corning, said that plenty of systems and parts of a vehicle can break easily during the winter.

“Everything is more fragile in the winter,” Rice said.

One of the components especially at risk is the serpentine belt on a car’s engine. Cold temperatures can make it stiff and brittle, and if it already has some cracks in it the stress of your car turning on in subzero temperatures could cause it to snap and break, which would cause a number of systems in your car to stop working. It it important to check these differnt components before you start your car to prevent any possible damage.

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