Cold Weather Car Battery – Winter is here and the temperatures can’t make up their mind. Not freezing today, hard freeze tomorrow. Your car battery sits in between the tug-of-war between hot and cold. If your battery begins to fail, most of the damage already occurred during high summer heat. Heat is the primary factor in damaging components in an aging battery. The car battery is made up of cells and filled with water. An un-maintained battery can lose water, reducing electrolytes available and reducing the battery’s holding power. Over time, even a well managed battery breaks down.
When the cold weather strikes that diminished capacity is increased. Cold has a natural compressing effect. Tires and batteries are the first to show signs when cold weather begins. A tire loses pressure every-time the temperature drops 10 degrees. So, your battery goes into shock and the resources necessary to start your car. Batteries that spend their time in the high desert have a tendency towards a shorter lifespan from dry heat alone. You can usually expect 5 years out of a battery that is maintained with the proper charge and fluid. But, unmaintained, heavily used or some times non-use can lead to a faster lifespan.
If you are frequently having to jump start your car or truck, if your battery is lagging when you try to start it, you may need a new replacement car battery. It’s hard to get anywhere without a reliable one.
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