Cold temperatures may cause dead batteries

KETK
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POSTED: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 6:52pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 8:27am

There are few sounds worse than your car engine straining to start. It only makes matters worse when it's near freezing outside and you need to arrive at work on time. 

So what could be the issue?

KETK spoke with David Brown from Robertson Automotive, who shared, "We've replaced a lot of batteries since the cold snap has hit the last 2 weeks".  

In car batteries, as the temperatures drop, there is less power available for a fully charged battery to start the car.

There is not a lot you can do to prevent this from happening, but Brown said, "Usually cars parked inside that are warm overnight, do better. Basic things like checking your battery, making sure that you've got a good battery before the cold morning hits, is the only way you're going to keep from having that no start condition".

Revving the engine may help it warm up, but the age of your battery may determine what kind of maintenance it needs. Brown says, "If you have an older style battery you need to be sure to add purified water to it, not just tap water. Other than that you're going to have to make sure you're batteries replaced every 5 years at least".  

Luckily, most modern batteries are maintenance free.

To be on the safe side, stop by your local automotive repair shop to make sure your car is prepared for winter.

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