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Cold weather car care tips

DANVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) -- The cold weather can be hard on your car. Mechanics say the best way to keep you car up and running is to store it in a heated garage. And if you don't have a garage, park close to something that can protect your grill from the wind. 

Experts say another thing everyone should do is test their battery. Winter weather can drain them faster than normal. And it's also hard on your tires. 

"For every ten degrees it drops in temperature, you lose a pound of air pressure in your tires," says Bob Watson, owner of Watson's tire and auto services. "Once a tire gets low, it tends to leak quicker. When the colder weather gets here, rubber becomes more brittle and leaks faster. So you need to keep an eye on your air pressure. That is most important."

A few more tips: Fill up on antifreeze, replace your wiper blades and get winter-approved wiper fluid. Otherwise, the normal stuff can freeze in the cold. 

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