ALBANY, NY. – The temperatures are below freezing in the Capital Region which can mean car trouble.
NEWS10 spoke to the experts at Albany Light Truck and Car Repair about what you can do to keep your car running safe and smoothly in the winter weather.
Owner Joe Gentile tells us you want to check on your battery, gas tank and motor oil this winter to make sure everything's working properly.
The most common sign of a weak battery is an unusual sound coming from the starter motor when the ignition key is turned. He recommends getting a check-up every two years and if you're having problems you should bring it in sooner.
When it comes to your gas tank, Gentile advises that the tank always be at least half full during this winter weather. If there's room in the tank, condensation can build up and freeze in the gas lines causing your car to stop running even if there's a little bit of gas left.
Motor oil is the "lifeblood" of a vehicle. Gentile says if something could go wrong, it will if the oil isn't fresh and new.
Lastly, warming your car up before you drive is important, but Gentile says you don't need to do it for an extended period of time.
He says newer model cars are fine in the cold.
"Generally, as soon as it's started it's safe to drive," Gentile said.