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Top Cold-Weather Car Issues for Ohio Drivers

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Understanding Common Vehicle Repair Needs During Winter

At Rad Air, we’re in the business of finding solutions to your car problems. There is a wide range of issues that our technicians handle on any given day. However, during the colder months in Northeast Ohio, certain vehicle repair needs become more common among our clients. We want to make you aware of the top winter car repair needs so that you can bring your vehicle to Rad Air at the first sign of a problem. 

 

Dead Battery

No car owner likes that feeling of turning the key in the ignition and not hearing your vehicle’s engine start in response. If your car won’t start, and you hear a rapid clicking noise, you are likely experiencing a battery issue due to low voltage or high resistance. The problem could range from a corroded battery cable, a charging system issue, or simply a loose connection. When you suspect a battery issue, it is best to have your vehicle inspected by the professionals to determine the root cause.


Worn-Out Tires

Tires endure a lot of wear and tear during the winter in Northeast Ohio. If you continue to drive on tires with excessive wear—particularly on wet, snowy, or ice-covered roads—you are risking much more than a flat tire. You are risking poor vehicle handling and control that could lead to an accident. Fortunately, most tire-related problems can be avoided by being proactive. Make sure you have new tires installed before your current ones get so worn that they put you at risk on the road.


Broken Heater

You will not realize how much you rely on your car’s heating and defrosting system during the winter until it fails. Without a functioning heater, you not only lose warmth but also the ability to defrost your windshield and maintain good visibility on the road. If your car heater is blowing cold air out of the vents, your vehicle’s heater core tubing might be clogged, there might not be enough coolant in the engine, or your thermostat could be dysfunctional. Heating systems require a trained technician’s eye to diagnose the source of the problem.

 

Keeping Your Car Warm During Brutal Ohio Winters

Feel the Love—and the Heat—This February

None of the issues we mentioned above are fun, but a dysfunctional heater/defroster can be especially problematic during an Ohio winter. If your car heater is not working, we recommend doing the following:

  • Schedule your heater repair service as soon as possible.
  • Park in a garage or under some form of covering, if possible. 
  • If you cannot defrost your windshield, do not risk it on the road.
  • Cover the windshield to protect against snow and ice accumulation.
  • Take blankets and hand warmers along for the ride.

Does your car’s heater need to be repaired? Rad Air offers convenient scheduling and affordable services. Schedule your visit online as soon as you suspect a problem with your vehicle’s heating system.

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