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Cold snap hitting Heartland cars hard

Some Heartland auto companies have seen an increase in demand for batteries over the past couple of weeks. (KTVO file)

If you're like many of us here at KTVO, your car may be stalling or have that extra kick when you first start it up.

As the temperatures continue to drop, more car problems continue to rise.

Some Heartland auto companies have seen an increase in demand for batteries over the past couple of weeks.

Lovegreen's mechanic Richard Rhinesmith told KTVO what you should do to keep your car battery up to date.

"In the weather that we're having right now, it would be recommended to go out and at least and let your car run at least 30 min per day to keep it up to snuff because this cold is taking a hard hit on a lot of batteries," Rhinesmith said. "People are not realizing that this cold snap is taking a hard hit on batteries because we haven't had it in so long."
"Make sure that the terminals are clean and if you have any growth or anything then it needs to be serviced and cleaned and then have it checked to make sure that it is up to par. Other then that, there's really not much you can do about it. You'll know when it starts to have problems because it's a long crank or lights are starting to get dim and things like that."

Not only are batteries important, but all vitals on cars including the tire pressure, which is important to keep an eye on especially during cold weather.

The biggest tip is to keep your gas tank full. If for any reason you get stuck in traffic or in bad road conditions, you will want your tank full as you wait for help to come.

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