Extreme Cold Weather Killing Car Batteries

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. When temperatures drop drastically during the winter, your car might not work like it's supposed to run.

Batteries don't hold up as well during weather extremes, hot or cold. According to Triple At 0°F, a car's battery loses about 60 percent of its strength, and at 32°F, it loses 35 percent.

Local car repair shops and parts store have seen first hand how freezing temperatures impair the devices. The shops have had a significant uptick in battery replacements since the cold snap started.

"This is the first one I've had to put in today, but collectively in a week this is like my 15th," said Tristin Nettles, a sales associate at O'Reilly Auto Parts.

At Rick's Automotive, the service technicians have also been slammed with customers needing new batteries.

"Probably today, alone, probably at least 10. The best thing you can do is just have your battery checked every time you have it in for a service," explained Micah Blake, Rick's Automotive.

Blake also recommends that drivers make sure their vehicles have enough antifreeze to prevent water and liquids from freezing.

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