Car Battery Replacement Before Winter
Is cold weather a killer?
Cold weather in and of itself is not necessarily a death knell for a car battery. That being said, in freezing temperatures an engine requires twice as much power to start and a battery could lose up to 60% of its stored power.
For a fully, powered newer battery, this should be no problem. However, for a battery that has some age on it or one that is constantly taxed with the use of accessories like iPods, cell phones and tablets, it can be a real struggle to start a vehicle in colder temperatures.
How long should my car battery last?
Years ago you did not have to worry about car battery replacement for about 5 years. With today’s additional strain on car batteries, that lifespan has dropped to about 3 years.
If you are uncertain of the condition of your battery, it is definitely worth your time to ask your mechanic to check its function. The terminals should be cleaned and free of corrosion. They also should be checked to make sure of good connections and tightness. Any broken or compromised cables should be replaced.
A that is at the end of its lifespan or weakened for the any reason is more likely to completely fail during the colder months. It is better to be safe than sorry as the saying goes. It’s cheaper to pay for a new car battery replacement than a tow plus a battery. Never mind the inconvenience and potential dangers of being stranded somewhere in the extreme cold.