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Bitter cold creates battery shortage

By Cade Fowler - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Bitter cold temperatures can equal bad news for your car battery if it's not up to par, and right now there is shortage of batteries due to the freezing weather that's sweeping the country. 

Freezing temps can threaten a vehicle's starting ability, which in turn could you leave you stranded in the cold. That's why auto experts recommend making sure your battery is in good shape as we head into the winter months.

"If you want to get the most out of your battery, you need to check the water in it. Make sure the charging system is working. I tell people to check water in their battery just like they check their oil when it gets a little low just add some to it," said Gary Barbour of Interstate Batteries.

The life of a battery varies. Some last three years, and some 8 to 10 years. But it loses voltage as it ages.

It's a good idea to check all battery and starter connections. Make sure they are tight and cables are in good condition.

Interstate Batteries in Albany is selling about 500 batteries a week.

 

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