There are some things that are near guarantees in life. One of them is that sooner or later, you are going to have car battery trouble in cold weather. Oddly enough, hot weather causes more wear on your car battery than cold weather, however, it takes more current to start your vehicle in the cold than it does in warm or hot weather. Furthermore, according to AAA of Mid-Atlantic, your car’s battery operates at a 35% deficit at 32 degrees and a 60% deficit at 0 degrees. This is why road service outfits are working twice as hard this time of year. Dead battery phone calls have gone through the roof with the recent frigid temps.
AAA warns that winter is not the only enemy of our car batteries as of late. The average lifespan of a car battery has typically been touted as 3-5 years. However, some say that the realistic expectation is now skewing closer to three years given the use of phone chargers in vehicles over the past decade. Your vehicle’s battery keeps working even when your car is shut down, giving power to such systems as your vehicle’s clock. When chargers are left plugged it routinely when after a vehicle is shut down, it does a number on the battery over time.
If your car has been slow to start or you notice the headlights dimming considerably upon turning the key, you may want to stop by Quick Lane at Garnet Ford to have one of our techs test your battery. Ultimately, if your battery is north of three years old, you should be conscious of replace it in the near future.