Dear Car Talk:

We live in Minnesota and have two 2009 cars, which we park on the street. Last winter, the battery failed on one of our cars when the temperature had been below minus-10 degrees for ... awhile.

Ray Magliozzi answers questions that are sent to him in care of King Features at 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, Florida, 32803. Questions also may be emailed to him by visiting the Car Talk website at www.cartalk.com.

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