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Bitterly cold temperatures causing trouble for car batteries, increase in calls to auto shops


There's an old saying in Minnesota: "You come for the culture. You stay because your car won't start." People in Rochester were dealing with that very problem Monday, on what was one of the coldest days of the season so far.

Employees at companies like Virgil's Auto Clinic & Towing say they can get up to 200 calls on bitterly cold days from customers with frozen car batteries.

It's a relatively simple process to get the car jump started, but if you're in a hurry to get somewhere, calling for help can be an inconvenience. Fortunately, there are precautions you can take to keep this from happening to you.

"Before winter, we suggest getting your car winterized and getting your battery tested and such," said Jay Carroll, a Virgil's service truck driver.

When frigid temperatures hit, "you don't want to let your car sit around for three or four days. I would recommend starting it at least daily when it's this cold out," said Carroll.

Temperatures are likely to be warmer in the coming days, which is good news for commuters. However, the next arctic blast is inevitable, and you don't want to get left out in the cold.

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