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Freezing Temperatures Lead to Freezing Batteries

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SALISBURY, Md. - The freezing temperatures tomorrow don't call for just extra outerwear. To be prepared for the weather you should also check your car battery.

When temperatures drop below freezing, car batteries lose about 35% of their strength. The CCA, or cold cranking amperes, in your cars battery, move too slowly in the cold weather and will not start the car.

Matt Groves, the assistant service manager at Sherwood Kia, said they have stocked up on new batteries to prepare for this Winter's cold streak.

"Naturally, the colder that it is the more amperage that the vehicle has to have to start the car, when it's cold outside the battery is going to be less amped to want to start," he said.  "For those of you that may have had problems [during] the first snowstorm of the year, if you had issues then than you'll probably have more issues now."

Local drivers should get their batteries checked tonight to see if you need a replacement before it is too late.

"The cold weather came and I knew I needed a new battery, it was bad anyway," Seaford resident Jennifer Needles said.  "I knew that in the cold it would never make it."

According to Groves, if you haven't gotten a new car battery in over three years it might be a good idea to replace it.  If you have replaced your battery in the last year or two, it is still a good idea to check before the temperatures dip.

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