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Cold Weather Affects Your Car
WEST CARROLLTON -- Turning on your car can be a game of Russian roulette with your battery.
Especially when temperatures are hitting well below zero degrees.
"I'm in here for a battery, dead battery," said Shawn Grabeman.
That's Grabeman's story and he's sticking to it.
"Tried to start it at 4 this morning and it was just click, click, click, click, nothing came on and that was it," said Grabeman, "I knew exactly what it was at that point."
He's not the only one dealing with a dead battery.
"This is like preparing for the Super Bowl for us," said Cindy Antrican of AAA.
AAA is fully staffed and ready to help those dealing with the affects of old man winter on vehicles.
"Since midnight last night we've gotten over 600 calls," said Antrican.
The exact number is 650, and to put that into perspective over the weekend they had 1,000 calls.
"We're seeing a lot of frozen doors," she said.
"They sell de-icers, we sell a few here in the store, Prestone, we sell a NAPA de-icer, they're made for that, it lubricates that and keeps it from actually freezing," said Patrick Johnson, NAPA Auto Parts Store Manager in Training.
If you don't want to go to the auto parts store and buy de-icer, use something we have in our kitchen, pan spray, just spray the rubber black part of the door, and it'll keep it from freezing.
Johnson and his crew at NAPA Auto Parts in West Carrollton have also had their share of calls, and people coming in.
"People go into panic mode when they're waiting until the last minute to do these things and then they come in and then they want the antifreeze, the batteries, de-icers," said Johnson.
Even if your battery dies, Johnson says don't go into panic mode just yet.
"If it ain't happening and you don't have to be out in it, don't go out in it. It's cold. You can get frostbite within 10 minutes," said Grabeman.
Something else you want to keep in mind when it gets this cold: Make sure your gas tank is at least half full, that will keep the fuel lines from freezing.
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