Cold Weather Kills Batteries

Have you gotten out of work on a Friday during the winter and your car won’t start? Nightmare right? Don’t let this happen again! With plunging temperatures in West Hartford, CT the next few months we have wanted to share some important tips about the affect of cold weather on your vehicles battery and how to avoid battery failure. 

Be aware that freezing temperatures can do a number on your car battery. Dead or dying batteries are always the biggest reasons for the tremendous surge in roadside assistance calls during a cold snap. When temperatures plummet, automotive failures and emergency calls for battery jump starts spike. In frigid Northeast winter weather, weak car batteries are the first to go so it's worth having your battery checked. Do not postpone vehicle maintenance because NOW is the time to take care of it! 

Cold weather is especially hard on car batteries. At 32°F a vehicles battery loses 35 percent of its strength and at 0°F it loses 60 percent. During cold temperatures starting an engine can take up to twice as much current as needed under normal conditions. We recommend that you have your battery, starter and charging systems tested prior to the blistering cold conditions this winter.

The life span of an automotive battery is typically 3-5 years. However, with the increase in electronics in vehicles this life span is moving closer to 3 years. 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. Also, accessories like tablets and smartphones can shorten this life span. We advise you to unplug these electronic devices when you don't need them especially when the car is turned off. Also, make sure your battery terminals and cables are securely attached and free of corrosion.

It’s as simple as this, cold weather is a battery killer. A load test performed by one of our qualified technicians will help determine if your vehicles battery is strong enough for cold weather starts. If you want to be safe and prepare your vehicle for winter weather give the International Auto Service Center a call at (860) 953-1675 or email us at customerservice@iascct.com for an appointment today!  


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