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Is Cold Weather the Death of your Car Battery?

Freezing temperatures can be the death of your car battery. Dead or dying batteries are always the biggest reasons for the surge in roadside assistance calls during a cold snap. When temperatures plummet, automotive failures skyrocket. Calls for battery jump starts and assistance with frozen locks are the top ranked reasons for calls to AAA. In frigid weather like this, weak car batteries are the first to go, so it's worth having your battery checked, and if you’ve postponed a car battery replacement, now is the time to take care of it.

According to AAA's Automotive Research Center, at 32°F, a car battery loses about 35 percent of its charge, and at 0°F, it loses about 60 percent. Starting an engine in cold temperatures can take twice as much current as needed under normal conditions. It is advisable to have your battery tested, as well as your starting and charging systems prior to the deep cold of winter.

Even though that heat actually causes more damage to batteries than cold weather, starting a vehicle in cold weather puts more strain on it. The cumulative impact of various factors over time allows cold weather to ultimately end the useful life of a battery.

Warning Signs that your car battery may be dying:

  • You hear a grinding or clicking sound when you turn on the ignition, 
  • Your vehicle cranks slowly when attempting to start. 
  • Your headlights dim when idling but brighten when the engine is revved. 
  • Your battery is more than three (3) years old.

Even though three to five years is a typical life span for a car battery, several variables have an impact on the life-span. For example, the life of a battery depends on the climate you live in, length of time electronic accessories are plugged into your vehicle, and how far and often you drive your vehicle. Periodic inspection, testing, and cleaning are important to the health of your battery, as well as monitoring the use of accessories and electronic devices when your car is not running. The battery continues to supply power to the clock, the anti-theft system, and the other conveniences in modern cars. Accessories, like smartphones and tablets, can add to the drain.

Wondering why do car batteries fail in cold weather? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lakes Automotive today for more information about a car battery replacement and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN and surrounding areas.

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Dec
2017

Is Cold Weather the Death of your Car Battery?

Freezing temperatures can be the death of your car battery. Dead or dying batteries are always the biggest reasons for the surge in roadside assistance calls during a cold snap. When temperatures plummet, automotive failures skyrocket. Calls for battery jump starts and assistance with frozen locks are the top ranked reasons for calls to AAA. In frigid weather like this, weak car batteries are the first to go, so it's worth having your battery checked, and if you’ve postponed a car battery replacement, now is the time to take care of it.

According to AAA's Automotive Research Center, at 32°F, a car battery loses about 35 percent of its charge, and at 0°F, it loses about 60 percent. Starting an engine in cold temperatures can take twice as much current as needed under normal conditions. It is advisable to have your battery tested, as well as your starting and charging systems prior to the deep cold of winter.

Even though that heat actually causes more damage to batteries than cold weather, starting a vehicle in cold weather puts more strain on it. The cumulative impact of various factors over time allows cold weather to ultimately end the useful life of a battery.

Warning Signs that your car battery may be dying:

  • You hear a grinding or clicking sound when you turn on the ignition, 
  • Your vehicle cranks slowly when attempting to start. 
  • Your headlights dim when idling but brighten when the engine is revved. 
  • Your battery is more than three (3) years old.

Even though three to five years is a typical life span for a car battery, several variables have an impact on the life-span. For example, the life of a battery depends on the climate you live in, length of time electronic accessories are plugged into your vehicle, and how far and often you drive your vehicle. Periodic inspection, testing, and cleaning are important to the health of your battery, as well as monitoring the use of accessories and electronic devices when your car is not running. The battery continues to supply power to the clock, the anti-theft system, and the other conveniences in modern cars. Accessories, like smartphones and tablets, can add to the drain.

Wondering why do car batteries fail in cold weather? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lakes Automotive today for more information about a car battery replacement and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN and surrounding areas.

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