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My 77 yr old mothers 1988 buick lesabre is not in a garage this winter. What should she do to insure it starts for her? She does not go out on a daily basis. Usually once a week. Thanks

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Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd Hi Kris, I would have this vehicle taken to a ASE Certified auto Technician to have them give it a thorough inspection. This would include having the battery and starting system tested. If the battery tests weak, I would recommend you get a new one.

Amanda J. Pierce, MBA Kris, Depending on the climate she resides in during the winter months, it may be a precautionary measure to have a block heater/battery heater installed. This is something that she will have to purchase and install through an independent mechanic shop. She can have an extension cord run to the vehicle and ensure that it maintains a constant acceptable temperature for less hassle cold starts.

Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube Keep the battery charged, the gas tank full and make sure all maintenance is up to date. But there is no guarantee.

Judy Curry, Co-Founder and Vice President of Marketing at Currys Auto Service Kris, We recommend getting the battery tested to make sure it is in good condition. Also have the antifreeze tested to make sure it is good to at least -20F. And lastly fill the gas tank. That would be my top three recommendations. It's awesome that you're looking out for your mom, I'm sure she really appreciates it! Have a great Holiday!

Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto Hello Kris- there are a few things you can do- 1st is to start the car every 2/3 days & let it run for about 15 minutes- 2nd invest in a trickle charger that will insure that the battery stays charged - if you are in an area with a cold climate this should insure that the car will start when needed- also if the battery is over 3 years old you may want to invest in a new battery for maximum reliability- hope this helps- Thanks, Super Girls Auto.

Pat Fleischmann, Director of First Impressions at Community Tire Pros & Auto Repair Thanks Kris...Winters can be harsh on our vehicles and without being Garaged, well harder than most! I don*t know where you live in the country, so I*ll give you a site for the "BEST Winterizing Tips" I find helpful for our Clients! Also: if you are in Snow, try no to engage the emergency brake when parking, especially after driving and its wet,it could freeze and that*s another problem! http://tinyurl.com/yjm3tjl

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