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7 things to look for in a winter 'beater'

Does the battery turn over in the cold?
Does the battery turn over in the cold? © Africa Studio/Shutterstock.com

Does the battery turn over in the cold?

One of the most dreaded winter experiences is being met with silence when you turn on the ignition while sitting in the cold. Your beater's battery should be working properly to get you through winter.

"Exposure to extreme temperatures can affect battery life," says Ricky Brooks, CEO of Express Oil Change LLC in Birmingham, Alabama. He also advises testing the battery, as well as the alternator, the part that charges the battery and powers the car's electrical system when the vehicle is running. "If the car has trouble starting, it might be the battery, but could also be the alternator, so both must be tested to rule out any problems."

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