COLD WEATHER AND CAR BATTERIES: Q & A

January 5th, 2022 by

As adults, snow days aren’t as fun as they used to be when we were kids. Harsh weather conditions mean harsh driving conditions! There’s one part of your vehicle that often gets forgotten, but can be seriously affected by the cold, and that is the battery. We put together a list of commonly asked questions so that you can prepare your vehicle and its battery to best the winter season.

Q: Does the cold weather negatively impact my car battery?
A: Yes, it can. The colder the weather, the more stress it causes to your battery. When it is below 32 degrees, car batteries can often naturally lose their power due to a slowed reaction of the chemicals inside of it. Your battery consistently recharges as you drive, but with slowed reactions in the cold, it often weakens your battery life.

Q: How do I know when I need a new battery?
A: There are several warning signs that it may be time to have your car battery replaced. If your battery has corrosion and is unable to conquer the seasonal changes, it may be time for a replacement. Another warning sign is when your vehicle struggles to start when you turn the ignition. Lastly, if your vehicle has been sitting unused for a long period of time and struggles to start, it might be time for a new battery. However, the best way to truly tell is to have your battery tested. At Berger, we will test your battery for free and, if needed, can replace it the same day!

Q: How do I know if the issue is with the battery or the alternator?
A: Your alternators primary job is to recharge your battery when you drive. If you have a new battery and it dies quickly after being replaced the issue most likely lies with the alternator. Not to sound like a dead battery (broken record), but our team is here to help diagnose your vehicle’s issue.

Q: How do I address battery corrosion?
A: First, let’s talk about what causes battery corrosion. Corrosion is when hydrogen gas from the battery acid is released and reacts with the metal on the battery. It then forms a layer above your battery’s terminals. If this is the case for your vehicle, having one of our trained and certified technicians clean or replace the corroded parts may be the answer. Bring your vehicle to Berger’s Service Center, and we’d be happy to take a look!

Whether your battery is functioning properly or is finicky at times, it’s always a smart move to get it checked out, especially during the winter season. Come to Berger for all of your battery testing and replacement needs. We will get you taken care of. Drive safe, West Michigan!

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