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The cold weather is killing a lot of car batteries

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These bitter cold temperatures can also have unhealthy affects on your car's battery!

Employees at Interstate Batteries say when the temperatures dip below 32 degrees it can drop your battery's capacity to 50 percent. The average life of a car battery is about three to four years.

But what if your battery dies? If you jump start your car be sure to follow the correct procedure. If you don't, you could get shocked.

"Connect to the discharged battery first and then to the running vehicle. Positive cable first and then when you're connecting the negative terminal on the jumper cables try to get to the frame work of the vehicle rather than to the terminal post of the battery," said Jim Wahls, a Rebuild Technician at Interstate Batteries.

Jim Wahls also says it's not a good idea to pump the gas as you try to start the car...because you could end up flooding it and causing more problems.

 

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