Why do car batteries fail in winter?
“Cold weather can cause car batteries to go dead because damage accumulating through the summer months doesn’t show up until the battery is more taxed” advises Downtown Denver auto repair shop owner, Marc Zandell of Golden Triangle Auto Care. Summer’s high temperatures cause the electrolyte to vaporize faster and speeds up the corrosion of the internal plates inside the battery. A cold battery has reduced cranking power, and cold temperatures further challenge your car because your motor oil thickens, making it harder to turn the engine over. Today’s modern electrical and fuel systems can mask a weak battery by starting an engine with a minimum of cranking, but when a weak battery is further compromised by cold conditions, it’s more likely to fail.
We all owe a debt of gratitude to our car battery: it starts the show, gets our day or week off to a great start, keeps the in-cabin tunes flowing and all of your lights shining. When temperatures drop, that can take a toll on your battery as well. Especially when we go through sudden, deep cold snaps here in Denver, Colorado: “these conditions are the absolute worst for a battery and prime for battery failure” said Marc Zandell.
Just like all other components of your vehicle, your car battery requires proper maintenance and care to keep cranking out those morning starts. Take a look at these facts and maintenance tips regarding your vehicle’s compact power plant.
Dress for (Battery Maintenance) Success. Below you will find tips on working with your battery to insure good maintenance. However, before analyzing, be sure to accessorize – with proper eye, hand and clothing protection, that is – as your battery contains dangerous chemicals.
What battery do we recommend? Interstate batteries are what we recommend and install in all of our customer’s vehicles. Not discussed today is the issue of when and how to charge your car battery, should the need arise. Different batteries may require different methods of charging, and there are also precautions to take when charging (for example, never charge a frozen battery, which can cause an explosion). Look for an upcoming blog from us on this subject.
In the meantime, talk to the guys at our front desk here at Golden Triangle Auto Care, downtown Denver’s premier auto repair center if you have questions about battery charging, checking your battery connections, and any sluggish morning starts you might be experiencing.