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Drivers prepare for cold weather car battery problems

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The temperatures are falling and the last place you want to be is in a car that won't start. Many times it's a result of a dying car battery that's been shocked by the winter cold.

“The car just wouldn't start on me yesterday,” said Scott Cannon.

A failing car battery is a problem many drivers experience when the weather gets cold.

“First cold snap, everybody wants them tested” said Jim Dexter with Advance Auto Parts.

Scott Cannon had his car battery tested Wednesday night. He and his wife have been experiencing battery problems as the temperature continues to drop.

“She had it turned off for a few minutes and it didn't start back.”

Although this is a common winter problem, the root of the issue occurs months earlier.

“It's actually not the cold that causes the issues. It's actually due to the abuse during the summer time heat,” said Scott Tennant of AAA. “Cold weather is actually the final shock.”

Not all batteries die as soon as the cold strikes, but they can start to work slower.

Dexter says a lot of it has to do with how people maintain their vehicles.

“Stay on top of keeping the corrosion off the posts, or if they have protectant, or cleaner that they use on the battery post, make sure they're clean and tight.”

Dexter says he's ready for the winter rush and so is the store.

In the most recent store shipment, it received three times as many batteries as it normally does.

“Actually had to make more room in the store to put the extra,” said Dexter.

As a 2011 vehicle, Cannon says he was surprised his battery was dying.

“Fortunately I just came early before it got any worse.”

It's getting that battery tested early that can save you hassle in the long run.

“Before winter hits because nobody wants to change it when its 20 degrees outside,” said Dexter.

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