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Gold Eagle Co.

February 18, 2015 15:01 ET

Vehicles Freeze Up as Severe Cold Hits Most of the Country

Innovative HEET Gas-Line Antifreeze Shares Winter Vehicle Care Tips

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - Feb 18, 2015) - As brutally cold temperatures and snow continue to plague thousands of people across the country, motorists are finding themselves at a standstill. Although snow poses big challenges to drivers, it's actually the severe cold that can be the biggest culprit. When vehicles are exposed to severe cold, they can become sluggish, freeze up and stop running altogether. What many don't realize is that fluids like gasoline and windshield washer fluid can crystalize and 'freeze' in cold temperatures when not treated properly. To help motorists avoid getting caught in the cold, HEET, the #1 selling gas-line antifreeze and water remover, shares some simple cold weather vehicle care tips to keep you on the road and safe this winter.

  • Add Anti-freeze in Freezing Temps- Fuel system freezing occurs when water vapor mixes with residual fuel in the line any time the temperature drops below 32 degrees (F). Adding an antifreeze treatment like HEET to the fuel tank helps remove water from the fuel system to prevent gas-line freeze-up and harmful rust and corrosion. Use it at every fill up to prevent moisture-related freezing during the cold winter months.

  • Keep the Tank Full- Keep the gas tank at least half full to avoid moisture forming in gas lines and possibly freezing. Gas contains water, and when the gas level gets too low, it can freeze.

  • Check the Battery- A vehicle's battery capacity is lowered when the temperatures are cold. It is essential to inspect a vehicle's battery, cables, fluids and terminals. There shouldn't be any sign of cracks in the cables, and terminals should not be loose. It's also always a good idea to carry a set of jumper cables just in case.

  • Maintain Windshield Wiper Fluid- Keeping fluids full is a must this time of year. Many windshield washer fluids are not rated for severe cold. Look for products like HEET's Windshield Washer and De-Icer Concentrate to keep windshields clean and ice-free up to -25 degrees.

  • Check Tire Treads & Air Pressure- Before hitting the road, check tires for both wear and air. It's important to make sure the tire treads are still in good shape, as they will help keep the vehicle on the road and make traveling through the winter elements safer. Balding tires can cause major issues including lost traction and even blowouts. Also check the air pressure on your tires. While they should be full, they shouldn't be too full, or they could burst. Be sure to check the owner's manual to gauge the proper air pressure for your vehicle's tires.

For more tips on automotive care, please visit the Tips and Tools blog, or to learn more about HEET products, please visit www.goldeagle.com/brands/heet.

About Gold Eagle Co.
For more than 80 years, Gold Eagle® Co. has been an industry pioneer in the production and distribution of aftermarket fluids and additives. We create products that help preserve, protect and enhance the performance of engines everywhere. We are a leader in the product development, manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of branded engine performance and maintenance chemicals. Privately held and headquartered in Chicago, Gold Eagle Co. is the manufacturer of leading brands, including STA-BIL® Fuel Stabilizer, HEET® Gas-Line Antifreeze, NO LEAK® Treatments, 104+® Octane Boost, Start Your Engines!®, DieselPower!® Diesel Additives, 303® Aerospace Protectant and 303® Fabric Guard. To view our complete line of Gold Eagle products or learn more about the Company, please visit www.goldeagle.com or "like" our STA-BIL, 303 Products, Start Your Engines! or Engine Answerman pages on Facebook. For product questions, please call us at 800-621-1251 or follow us on Twitter @GoldEagleHelp.

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