Bitter blast hits Wisconsin

CREATED Dec. 6, 2013 - UPDATED: Dec. 6, 2013

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MILWAUKEE - The service manager at Meineke has been doing a lot of battery checks. Testing it only takes about five minutes. He suggests getting it looked at every other oil change.


“You can be stalled in the middle of nowhere, have poor drivability, or you could have a car that won’t start at all for you,” says Service Manager Dennis Peach.

Pam Schmeling owns Royal Towing. She expected today to be filled with back to back calls for dead car batteries.

“There’s normally a huge increase in the morning on battery calls. But it’s surprisingly slow. I think people took heed on when the weather said it was going to get cold,” shares Schmeling.

She tells TODAY’S TMJ4 she’s only responded to one call so far.

“With the economy the way it is, if your choice is pay your rent or fix your car, a lot of people put off car repairs,” adds Schmeling.

But another thing to check this winter is your furnace.

A month ago, Chris Ohde noticed water leaking from the bottom of the furnace. It’s a good thing he got it checked out, because turns out, it was time for him to get a new one installed.

The cold weather is keeping the technicians at Allied Heating and AC busy.

“We’ll be working all weekend,” shares technician Joseph Wambech. “Every house I’ve gone to so far, we have to make a return trip for.”