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Struggling to start your car? It could be the battery

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Many people struggle to start their cars when it gets cold outside. If this happens, it might be because your battery is wearing out.

Cold weather actually slows the chemical reactions inside the battery making it harder to produce the energy necessary to turn the engine. And to make matters worse, the oil in your engine is much thicker making the engine harder to turn.

 "It's [the cold] really rough on them," said  Sue Redenbaugh, owner of Craig's Towing & Repair in La Crosse. "If you have any kind of battery that's real low or something, it won't start."

In this situation, most cars just need a jump to get going. But there are other issues that can pop up in the cold that are more difficult to fix on the spot, especially when it's in the single digits outside.

"We do a ton of jump starts in this cold," said Redenbaugh. "I guess the biggest thing is people should really do their regular maintenance so that they're not stuck in this position where when it's cold it won't start."

Even if your car is up to date on maintenance it's a good idea to have extra clothing and blankets in your car just in case.

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