Season's first major cold snap brings problems with cars

Low tire pressure, leaks common with temperature drop

Author: Julie Broughton, Weather
Published On: Oct 30 2012 06:56:13 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 30 2012 07:20:53 PM EDT
WINTER PARK, Fla. -

As most of Central Florida woke up to near-record lows, some of you may have noticed problems with your car. The most common cold-weather automotive issues are low tire pressure and fluid leaks, experts say.

According to Larry Perry, President of Magic Mechanic, for every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tires can lose one pound of air pressure.  He says that can cause a couple of problems.  Not only can the tire actually come apart, but low pressure can cost you money.

"Instead of your tire rolling, you're actually pushing the tires.  Because of the lower pressure, the more resistance you have, which equates to lower fuel economy."

Paul Butler noticed his pressure-monitor light on and headed over to Triple A in Winter Park to check his tires.

"I found they're about two pounds per square inch low.  I'm going on a trip tomorrow and need them to be the right pressure."

Perry also cautions that drivers need to watch for leaks. The cold causes rubber seals to contract.

"Cooler weather brings out the worst in cars, it really does.  The best defense is just to glance at where the car was parked.  If you notice any new stains, that's something you need to be very concerned with," Perry said.