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SUB-ZERO TEMPS BRING WARM TIPS FROM AUTO CLUB

 DEARBORN, Mich., Jan. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- With sub-zero temperatures predicted throughout the state this weekend, AAA Michigan has a series of tips to keep Michigan motorists rolling.
 The National Weather Service predicts a Saturday low of -10 degrees for southern Michigan. The farther north motorists travel, the colder the temperatures, with readings of 30 and 40 below zero expected in the Upper Peninsula.
 As a result of this arctic blast, Auto Club officials anticipate receiving between 8,000 and 10,000 trouble or "can't start" calls this weekend, more than double the number recorded during a "normal" winter weekend.
 But there are some things motorists can do to minimize these problems, according to AAA Michigan Emergency Road Service Manager Gerald Gutowski.
 "With temperatures of these extremes, car engines will require 2 1/2 times more starting power than on a warm summer day," Gutowski said. "Cold weather reduces battery power by close to 35 percent."
 AAA Michigan recommends that motorists take the following steps to ward off the big chill blues:
 -- A good battery is a must, especially after a car sits overnight in zero-degree temperatures.
 -- Park in a garage. Motorists without garages should park with the front of the car out of the wind.
 -- Difficult starting conditions may warrant the use of a block heater or electrically heated dipstick.
 -- Keep the gas tank filled to avoid fuel-line freeze (use of a gas anti-freeze additive will also help prevent fuel-line freeze).
 -- Turn off all electrical accessories before starting the car.
 -- Don't pump the gas pedal in fuel-injected vehicles. Simply turn the key and release when the engine starts. Always consult the owner's manual for recommended procedures.
 -- For engines with carburetors, press the gas pedal to the floor, release it and turn the ignition. Don't grind the starter for more than 15 seconds. Wait 30 seconds before another attempt. If gas is smelled, the engine is probably flooded. Turn off the ignition, wait one minute, depress the gas pedal to the floor and try the key again.
 -- Once the engine is running, warm it up for a few minutes, but not too long. Idling an engine wastes gas. When you warm the engine, turn on the heater and defroster to prevent sudden fogging when you begin driving.
 -0- 1/13/94
 /CONTACT: Bob Kirk, 313-336-1511, or Nancy Cain, 313-336-1514, both of AAA Michigan/


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