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      Cold snap causes car troubles

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      The cold blast is causing a business boom at local repair shops.Drivers are going in because of problems they can and can't control. For example, the Garage in Pelham reports its biggest January sales month ever.Drivers are asking for help with dead batteries {}and poor heating. Tire shops are also in high demand."They need to have their tires checked especially when the pressure light comes on. They need to come right in. We see a lot of flats in the winter also," Lind Burkes, President of Omega Tires, says.The Alabama Department of Transportation says the cold weather is also worsening potholes on major interstates. ABC 33/40 cameras rolled on crews fixing a major pothole on Interstate-459 in Hoover. {} {} {}If you notice any potholes on major interstates in the Birmingham-metro area, call ALDOT at (205) 342-3815.

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