How does the cold weather affect your car battery?
The cold weather does more than just chill us to the bone. It can also have a pretty nasty impact on our vehicles. Freezing temperatures can leave a negative impact on your car battery, but why is that? Find out more about how the cold weather affects your car battery below!
The lifespan of a battery is typically anywhere from three to five years, depending largely on the quality of the battery and what kind of conditions it goes through. However, due to the increased electronic components being added to vehicles nowadays, that number is closer to three years. The cold weather can really do a number on your battery, though, making it harder to start your car as the temperature drops. In fact, a battery loses about 35 percent of its strength at 32 degrees and a whopping 60 percent when it’s 0 degrees. Starting a car in cold weather puts more strain on the battery, and it will also have to work harder since many drivers will blast warm air from the temperature controls as well as using the seat warmers if those are available.
Driving with a weak battery is bad news, so you should replace it as soon as possible if you notice the telltale signs that it is going bad. Those include a grinding or clicking sound when you turn on the ignition, slow cranking when you try starting the vehicle, dimming headlights, or if the battery is already at least three years old.
Schedule service in Columbia SC
Think it may be time for a new car battery? Stop by McDaniels Porsche in Columbia and let our team take care of you. They can test the battery to see how efficient it is, and they’ll also replace it with an appropriate alternative if it’s time to retire the battery. Schedule a service appointment with us today!
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