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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.

wondering why do car batteries fail in cold weather? Visit us at big lake car shop & get your car battery replacement done before going on your winter trip
20
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.

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Winter is here and that means snow, ice and cold weather, which can all prove to be quite a hurdle to leap over for vehicle owners. Harsh winter conditions make it difficult enough to drive on the road so taking a few steps now will help save you from a potentially devastating situation later.

Here are a few things you can do to get your car ready for winter driving:

One of the most important things to do is to make sure all of the fluids in your vehicle are checked or, even better, changed out to be at peak efficiency for the cold temperatures. The oil in your engine is especially important, it not only lubricates all of the moving parts in your engine but it also absorbs heat so ensuring you have the best oil for the winter is very important.

The next thing is your cooling and heating system. It is good to check or change out your filters, especially after a summer of driving. The cooling system is always important, just because it is cold outside does not stop your engine from getting very hot.

To Find out how to get your car ready for winter, contact Car Repair Experts at Big Lake Automotive to find out more about car service & to schedule an appointment
06
Dec
2017

Winter is here and that means snow, ice and cold weather, which can all prove to be quite a hurdle to leap over for vehicle owners. Harsh winter conditions make it difficult enough to drive on the road so taking a few steps now will help save you from a potentially devastating situation later.

Here are a few things you can do to get your car ready for winter driving:

One of the most important things to do is to make sure all of the fluids in your vehicle are checked or, even better, changed out to be at peak efficiency for the cold temperatures. The oil in your engine is especially important, it not only lubricates all of the moving parts in your engine but it also absorbs heat so ensuring you have the best oil for the winter is very important.

The next thing is your cooling and heating system. It is good to check or change out your filters, especially after a summer of driving. The cooling system is always important, just because it is cold outside does not stop your engine from getting very hot.

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Your vehicle is one of your biggest investments next to your home. That is why it is so important to keep up with all maintenance items and needed repairs. While no one likes to pay out hard-earned dollars on mundane preventative maintenance measures, it is perhaps the most proactive thing you can do to protect the investment you've made in your automobile.

One of those simple, but important services, is wheel alignment. Vehicles need the alignment checked for various reasons. Sometimes something as simple as hitting a pothole can set your vehicle off its alignment. Rough driving, strenuous terrain, and failure to check the alignment annually can also contribute to poorly aligned vehicles. Even basic issues like low tire pressure can cause vehicles to pull to one side, making it feel like your car has lost its alignment.

To improve the vehicle‘s drivability, take care of a needed wheel alignment as soon as you notice a problem. Ask your auto shop what does a car alignment consist of
20
Nov
2017

Your vehicle is one of your biggest investments next to your home. That is why it is so important to keep up with all maintenance items and needed repairs. While no one likes to pay out hard-earned dollars on mundane preventative maintenance measures, it is perhaps the most proactive thing you can do to protect the investment you've made in your automobile.

One of those simple, but important services, is wheel alignment. Vehicles need the alignment checked for various reasons. Sometimes something as simple as hitting a pothole can set your vehicle off its alignment. Rough driving, strenuous terrain, and failure to check the alignment annually can also contribute to poorly aligned vehicles. Even basic issues like low tire pressure can cause vehicles to pull to one side, making it feel like your car has lost its alignment.

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