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Q: I have heard that you should start your car to keep the battery from going dead when it gets bitter cold outside even if you're not going anywhere. I think that's doing more harm than good since you're draining the battery to start it. I let my car sit outsidefor a few days in zero or below temperatures and I neverhave any problems with the battery when I do start it. What do you think? Am I harming my battery by not starting it in freezing weather?

— D.M., Chicago

A: You are right. Starting your car repeatedly, even allowing it to idle for a while, does no good. In fact, it can drain your battery unless you keep the engine RPMs high enough for the alternator to recharge the battery. Just be sure your battery has a CCA (cold cranking amps) rating that is high enough for the vehicle.

Q: WD-40 shouldn't be used in door locks or ignition locks. It dries out and turns to goo, which can cause the tumblers to stick. It was initially meant as a de-rusting spray and general-purpose lubricant (say, door hinges). Locksmithsrecommend using Teflon spray lubricant inlocks now. The liquid and propellant evaporate, leaving behind a lubricating film, and it doesn't smell like WD-40!

— R.M., Easton, Pa.

Q: I'm no locksmith (but my great grandfather was) and I was surprised you thought it was a good idea to spray WD-40 into car locks. I was taught to use graphite to lubricate locks.

— M.F., Chicago

Q: I recommend a magical liquid called Tri-Flow. After struggling with a lock for weeks using all the normal remedies, just before I stooped to drilling the lock out, I applied a couple of shots of Tri-Flow and the lock immediately opened! I don't know what's in it but since then I have used it on many other locks (and other stubborn rusty items) with equal luck.

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