The cold weather can take a toll on your vehicle.

Matthew Roulston from Rosie's Value Automotive in Kenora talked about one of the things that can go wrong.

"Power steering hoses. When it gets to anything below minus 25 or so, there are lots and lots of power steering hoses that go," he said.

When a vehicle is parked outside in cold weather the hydraulic fluid gets thicker and causes more pressure on the hoses and pumps.

Drivers are also cautioned to pay attention to their battery and charging system, as these are also common issues in the cold.

It's also recommended your car be plugged in for 3-4 hours, especially when it's colder. A block heater warms the engine coolant, which warms the engine block and the oil.

It's also important to warm up your vehicle which allows your engine oil and transmission oil to warm up.

Winter is especially hard on batteries and if your car won't start, despite plugging it in, one of the most likely problems is that the battery is weak. You can usually jump your vehicle to get it running again, but you'll likely need a new battery or the problem will continue.

How to boost a car battery;

1. Make sure to pull up alongside the car with the dead battery.  Be sure you're close enough AND that your cables will easily reach both batteries.  (Check battery position before pulling-up)

2. Turn off both vehicles completely.  This also includes lights and any other accessories.

3. Find the positive and negative posts on your battery.  The positive will be marked with a "+" and might be RED. Negative is marked with a "-"

4. It's time to attach the jumper cables:

Attach the RED clamp to the positive post on the dead batteryAttach the other RED clamp on the positive post on the working batteryAttach the BLACK clamp to the negative post on the working batteryAttach the final BLACK clamp on the negative post on the dead battery.

5. Turn on the vehicle with the working battery.  Allow it to run for at least a few minutes.

6. Try to start the vehicle with the dead battery.

(If the vehicle doesn't start, wait a few more minutes and try again.  If that doesn't work try reconnecting the jumper cables.)

7. Remove cables in reverse order.

*If none of this works, it might be time to buy a new battery*

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