CAA helps drive motorists through the deep freeze

    THORNHILL, ON, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - With temperatures expected to drop this
week CAA South Central Ontario offers the following tips to protect your
vehicle against winter freeze-ups.
    1.  Starting your car takes energy so ensure all vehicle accessories are
        turned off such as the heater, defroster, lights, wipers and radio.
    2.  Turn the ignition to the start position and crank the engine for no
        more than 5-10 seconds. Do not pump the accelerator.
    3.  If the car doesn't start in 10 seconds, return key to off position.
        Wait 30 seconds between attempts to prevent possible damage and try
        again. If the car refuses to start, there may be a battery or
        mechanical trouble. Call CAA, we will be able to test your battery
        and replace it on the spot if need be.
    4.  You really only need to warm up the car for one to two minutes. Avoid
        hard acceleration in the first few minutes of start-up to give a
        chance for fluids to lubricate through the engine. Unnecessary idling
        wastes gasoline and increases pollution.
    5.  For safety reasons, never warm a car in a garage whether closed or
        open. Carbon monoxide exhaust fumes could be lethal.
    6.  If you have an automatic car starter, be extra cautious that you
        don't accidentally activate it when your car is parked in the garage.
    7.  Keep your gas tank at least half full, otherwise ice crystals can
        form and freeze your gas line.
    8.  Park your car where the sun will hit in the morning to help the snow
        and frost or inside a garage where it's warmer.
    9.  To protect your car from freeze-up change to a winter-grade oil and
        gasoline. Consult your owner's manual. It contains everything you
        need to know about starting your make of vehicle in the winter.
    10. Carry a small aerosol can of antifreeze type lubricant and spray
        locks and rubber seals (doors can also become frozen shut).

    For more information about CAA South Central Ontario, visit

    CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club offering
insurance, travel and roadside services. There are more than 1.8 million CAA
members in Ontario and 5 million members in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Edyta Zdancewicz, Media and PR
Specialist, 60 Commerce Valley Drive East, Thornhill, ON, L3T 7P9,, Office: (905) 771-3194, Cell: (416) 209-4930; Follow CAA on
twitter @caasco for regular updates on wait times and other news releases

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