Car batteries suffering in cold weather

A mechanic at work in a garage. (AP)

January 6, 2010 2:19:10 AM PST
AAA says most motorists are finding that their cars are having trouble with the frigid temperatures.

AAA Carolinas president and CEO David E. Parsons says the association received 45 percent more calls on Monday related to battery trouble compared to the previous four Mondays.

In all, there were 1,226 calls, Most were in urban areas like Raleigh, Greensboro and Charlotte, where motorists are less likely to be prepared than those in the mountains or rural areas.

It's expected that heavy demand for jump-starts will continue as the sub-freezing temperatures persist overnight and in the morning rush hours.

Cranking is the hardest work a battery does and in 25-degree temperatures or lower, cranking power can be reduced by as much as 35 percent.

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