Cold weather can be hard on car batteries. Tracy’s Automotive will help you with that.
Wichita has had a couple of pleasant days as far as the weather is concerned. Now, however, it’s about to turn colder again and there may be some light snow or flurries, according to forecasters.
That’s great if you like to play in the snow, or if you can stay indoors with a hot drink. But if you have to go to work or run an errand, life gets more difficult. The roads are icy and hard to drive. Traffic can be unpredictable. And, talking about unpredictable, there’s your car. Specifically, your car battery.
No doubt about it, cold weather can be hard on car batteries.
“The lead-acid battery in your car consists of metal plates in an electrolyte liquid that creates an electrochemical reaction that charges the battery terminals. And just like anything else that contains a liquid, a car battery reacts to extreme changes in temperature. As such, when the weather is hot, the heat can speed up the battery’s chemical reactions, and if the weather is freezing, then the coldness can slow them down,” motorbiscuit.com says.
Motorbiscuit.com adds, “This is why it can be hard to start your car if you live in a colder climate – or an area where the temperatures routinely drop to freezing or below – as the battery’s ability to start is diminished.”
You can take steps to protect your battery and help it last through the winter cold. First, have your battery checked to make sure it’s in good condition. Parking your car in a garage and wrapping it will also help. You should also try to drive your car every day for at least 10 minutes. Driving it a bit longer is better.
If, in spite of everything your battery does freeze, then it’s time for a new one.
“Don’t try to jump-start it. Water expands as it freezes, and when it comes to a car battery, the expansion can warp the lead plates and crack the battery case. So if you notice any crack, bulges, icicles, or frost on the terminals, then it’s suggested that you completely replace the battery with a new one,” according to motorbiscuit.com.
You can find a trusted Wichita auto care technician at Tracy’ Automotive.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
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