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Winterizing your car

One area mechanic says that your battery should be checked to make sure it is strong enough to last the winter.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2018 5:16 PM
Updated: Oct. 12, 2018 5:16 PM

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winterize your car-stngr-2 as we're approaching the colder months... it's time to start thinking about winterizing your vehicle. kimt news 3's alex jirgens spoke with a mechanic about what to look for this time of year.xxx winterize your car-mpkgll-1 lowerthird2line:winterizing your vehicle mason city, ia melvin sexton with dewilde auto service in mason city is seeing an influx of vehicles in his shop to get prepared for the winter. one thing he recommends checking before the first snow fall is your car's battery life. sexton says there's a test to determine if it's still powerful enough. lowerthird2line:melvin sexton dewilde auto service "we do what's called an amperage load test. usually a battery carries what's called a cranking amp rating, and we test the battery in 3 intervals, about 5 seconds each interval. it should carry at least half the capacity of the battery." winterize your car-mpkgll-4 i'm looking to test this 500 cranking amp battery right here...and sexton says that if it drops below 250 on the third test... it is considered questionable and may need to be replaced. in mason city - alex jirgens - kimt news 3. / according to your-mechanic- dot-com... a car battery lasts between 2 and 5 years on average... but in iowa and minnesota... the lifespan can be longer because of the cold climate. / dental
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