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In cold weather, how often should I start my car?

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated what happens when liquids are frozen. Water expands when frozen, while most other liquids do not.  

An intense cold snap is threatening to smash record lows across much of the nation through Thursday. 

With temperatures sliding and winter fast approaching, many car owners are asking: How often should I start my car to warm it up?

Turns out, the answer doesn’t lie in frequency.

Experts at AAA, a federation of motor clubs, say it’s not a good idea to warm your car up to keep it from freezing. 

“Ninety-five percent of the cars on the road today don’t use carburetors, so you no longer need to warm them up on cold days,” said Mike Calkins, manager of technical services at AAA.

Instead of repeatedly starting up your car to keep it warm, drivers who are concerned about their engines

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Tips to prevent expensive car repairs amid bitter cold temperatures and freezing rain

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) – Bitter cold temperatures and freezing rain can take a toll on your car, but there are several ways to prevent expensive repairs brought on by tough winter weather conditions.

It starts with trying to get into your car. Continuing to pull on a car door that is frozen shut could lead to some unexpected damage.

“You could break the handle if it doesn’t move,”Art Simmoneau with US Automotive in Ozark said. “[It could] break the handle or pull something off inside the door or break a lock inside internally.”

Mechanics say you can also use lubricants, including home cooking sprays like Pam, in order to help loosen doors and handles. Simmoneau said there are specific tools to help with locks that are stuck, like lock keys and sprays.

The cold weather can also point out problems when you try to start your car or truck.

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