Winter takes its toll on cars and trucks


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Extreme cold can be good for auto shops, but we all know the cold can cause a lot of damage to our cars and trucks.

“We’re full for these 3 days,” said Ken Klein, owner of Klein Auto Services.

Klein has been in the auto repair business for over a decade with Klein Auto Services on the northeast side of Cedar Rapids in Cedar Rapids. When temperatures start to drop as low as they did, business begins to pick up.

“The first thing that happens is the phone starts ringing without picking up,” he said.

He said the cold wears out a car’s electrical system as well as the tires.

“Cars don’t start, a lot of tire pressure lights start to come on with newer vehicles,” he said. “People need immediate attention on these things.”

Klein said it was full for the next three days. This tends to be a norm during any type of extreme weather condition.

“We are trying to react as quickly as possible, but it seems like everything is happening at the same time,” he said.

There may be some good, as Klein was hoping the first real cold snap of winter would remind people to recheck their vehicles.

“We still have a lot of winter left,” he said. “It’s a good idea to get the cars in and have them examined so you don’t get stuck somewhere because the temperatures are pretty cold, especially this week.”

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