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Tips on preparing your car for the cold weather

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- There are few things worse than being left out in the cold when your car won't start.

But besides a dead battery, the cold can also wreak havoc on many parts other of your vehicle.

KTTC NewsCenter spoke with professionals at Joe's Auto and Tire in Rochester who recommend vehicles be looked at by a mechanic. They told us refreshing the oil and checking the car battery is a must-especially if the vehicle has stalled.

Other important reminders: filling up on plenty of washer fluid and checking your windshield wipers and checking your tire pressure.

"A vehicle needs maintenance just like a person does," said Brent Stockinger, manger of Joe's Auto and Tire. "You have to take care of it. You don't necessarily have to give it food outside of gas, but you also want to make sure things such as the engine coolant are up to the Minnesota winter."

Stockinger says you should warm your car up for at least 10 minutes before driving it to keep the fluids running smoothly.

Lastly, he recommends never leaving less than a quarter tank of gasoline in your car during cold weather.

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