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Loosen Up That Cold Gooey Oil

People who drive cars or trucks in very cold places either keep their cars in heated garages or use "block heaters" so they will start in cold weather.

A block heater is a little electric heater that is attached to the car's engine. It runs from an external electical source - like a long extension cord from your house - and you plug it in when the car is parked to keep the engine warm, or to warm the engine up before you try to start it.

Warming the engine loosens up the cold gooey oil, helps gasoline to vaporize, and makes chemicals in the battery more active.

In really cold places, people must use special synthetic motor oils that stay liquid in cold temperatures.

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