Why do car batteries die during the winter?

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Why do car batteries die during the winter?

The extended cold snap is putting more pressure on car batteries and landing more cars in the auto repair shop. Cars can handle cold weather like this for a few days, but it’s the long periods of time that cause issues with your car’s battery. The extreme cold just saps the cranking power of the battery and puts it under stress which essentially kills the battery.

What Can I Do Remedy The Battery Drain?

A good investment is a battery trickle charger. You can plug your car in overnight to make sure it stays fully charged as the cold weather can take away 30% to 50% of your charge. However, If your battery is five years or older, you should have it checked as it is probably due for a replacement anyways.

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Three Tips For Your Vehicle In The Winter.

Here are some tips to help you through this artic blast.
1) Keep your fuel tank over half to avoid the extra moisture from freezing up.
2) Come in for a coolant flush if you’re worried about the levels.
3) Plan for a car wash after this arctic blast is over. The salt, dirt, and the deicer sits on your car and can cause your vehicle to rust. You should plan to wash your car when the temperatures warm up.

Battery Check & Replacement  Near Me?

If you have to ask this question, then Wrench and Ratchet in Boise have you covered.  We can test your battery and your charging system and if there is an issue we will put in a new battery and get you back on the road.  We will also include a complimentary safety inspection to make sure there aren’t any other problems with your vehicle.  Call us at 208-345-0011 or click the link to make an appointment.

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