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Fairfield County prepares for a Monday night and Tuesday morning during
which temperatures are expected to sip below zero by the double digits
thanks to wind chill factors, area vehicle maintenance experts are
warning residents to do what they can to prepare their cars for an
"First, make sure you're using dry gas,"
said Art Kean, owner of the New Canaan Kean's Corner Mobile at 16 South
Avenue. "If you can avoid it and aren't parked on a hill, don't put your
handbrake on, the metallic pads can freeze to the rotor."
temperatures can wreak all kinds of havoc on vehicles when they drop as
low as Monday night is expected to bring. With a chance of snow showers
after 10 p.m., Monday night will see lows around 6 degrees with wind
chills pushing it down to minus-14 and gusts of up to 44 mph. During the
day Tuesday, things won't get much better, with a predicted minus-15
"You'll want fuel conditioner if you're driving a
diesel car," said Ranjit Singh of Shippan Point Convenience along
Stamford's Magee Avenue. "And probably pick up a can of fuel system
Sometimes, when dealing with the weather and
vehicle maintenance, the most obvious choice turns out to be the best
one, according to Lenny Fugaro, owner of the New Canaan Gulf at 36 South
"If you can, keep 'em inside a garage," Fugaro
said. "Make sure you have some anti-freeze, make sure you've got washer
fluid. There are no great safeguards. If your battery's feeling weak,
bring it in and we'll give it a check for free."
you live in a safe neighborhood and you feel comfortable doing so, Kean
even suggested possibly leaving your car unlocked for the night.
don't lock your doors," he said. "The locks can freeze. You might even
bust your key off in the door. And make sure you have a full tank of gas
so if there's any water in there, it doesn't have a chance to freeze."