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Cold weather causing car problems, busy tow truck drivers

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MARION (KWWL) -  Across eastern Iowa cars are struggling to start up. The bitter cold is taking its toll on vehicles.

"I replaced the battery," said Randy Schons, who lives in Marion. "It still doesn't start."

Tow truck drivers are helping people with all kinds of problems.

Glenn Ridgeway's been working as a tow truck driver for years. He suspects the fuel line of Schons' car is frozen.

Ridgeway says with care, that can be prevented and hopefully save you from needing a tow.

"Putting stuff called HEET, you put that in your gas tank along with filling up your tank," said Ridgeway, who works for Darrah's Towing. "It prevents it from freezing up."

Many people needing a simple jump start due to battery problems. If you check your battery before the cold hits, that could be prevented.

"Unfortunately people don't think about the batteries until they don't start," said Ridgeway.

But even the pros face car problems -- Ridgeway's regular tow truck wouldn't start. He has use one of the company's spares.

"Only when it's a cold snap," said Ridgeway. "Normally it doesn't happen too often."

That's why if you do have a problem, towing companies are out in the cold, ready to help. 

If you want to avoid having your car battery die on you, many auto shops offer free testing. They can let you know how well your battery is doing.
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