Approximately 50% of premature car battery failures is caused by the loss of water for normal recharging charging due to the lack of maintenance, evaporation from high under hood heat, or overcharging.
In a hot climate, the harshest environment for a battery, a survey of batteries revealed that the average life of a car battery was 37 months. The life expectancy in extreme heat was 30 months.
If your car battery is more than three years old and you live in a hot climate, then your battery is probably living on borrowed time. Abnormally slow cranking, especially on a cold day, is another good indication that your battery is going bad. It should be externally recharged, surface charge removed, and load tested. Dead batteries almost always occur at the most inopportune times. You can easily spend the cost of a new battery or more for an emergency jump start, tow or taxi ride
Most of the "defective" batteries returned to manufacturers during free replacement warranty periods are good. This strongly suggests that some sellers of new batteries do not know how to or fail to take the time to properly recharge and test batteries.
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Car batteries must work harder in cold weather to turn your engine. The lower the temperature, the harder the battery will need to work. At zero degrees, your car’s battery may operate at only half of its charging capacity, possibly preventing your car from starting.
The following four cold weather car battery tips and tricks may help you get you going when you need to.
1. Turn Each Power Load Of
When you start your car, energy from the battery supplies ignition to start the motor. At the same time, power is sent to other electrical systems that were left on when you last drove the car.
Make a habit to switch off each power draining load before turning off your car.
2. Park Your Car in a Garage
You can’t do anything about the weather, but you can reduce its impact on your vehicle. If possible, park your car in an enclosed structure, such as a garage. Heated or not, a garage provides protection from energy sapping winds and should allow your car to start on the coldest mornings.
Note that you should never idle your car in the garage as toxic fumes may enter your house.
3. Clean the Car Batter
Your battery may be at full capacity, but if corrosion is present, then it may not be able to start your car. To avoid this pitfall, you should be proactive and perform maintenance on your battery.
4. Test It Out
If your battery is older,(particularly if it is at least three-years old), it should be tested to ensure it has sufficient capacity. A digital multimeter will accomplish that task.
For additional information on cold weather car battery care, chat with a knowledgeable expert from JIM’S BATTERIES on 131 546