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3 Factors that Can Negatively Affect the Life of the Car Battery

Updated on December 24, 2017

Although car batteries are supposed to last up to six years, most car owners can attest to the fact that they often die prematurely. There’s a trend of car batteries dying the winter time. There are many reasons why many car batteries aren’t lucky enough to make it past the winter. This phenomenon affects all types of vehicles. Find out the 3 most common reasons from this article.

The Battery Needs to Work Harder

As temperatures drop, the oil in the engine will thicken. The thicker than the oil becomes, the more difficult it is for it to move in the engine. This means that the car battery will need to crank up its power in order to get the job done. This results in more wear on the battery in just a matter of months.

Those who are purchasing a car should highly consider checking the cold cranking amps (CCA) of each battery to determine the temperature that it can tolerate. The higher the CCA number, the better the battery can handle cold weather.

Chemical Reactions Are Slowed Down

Most cars have lead-acid batteries. Unfortunately, these batteries rely on a chemical reaction in order to hold a charge. During the winter, it is much more difficult for the chemical reaction to occur. Cool weather slows down chemical reactions and make many matters much less reactive than in room temperature or hot weather.

To protect a car battery during the winter, consider installing a battery blanket. This accessory can make a huge difference, as it insulates the battery from the cold. To use this accessory, simply plug it into an outlet, wait for it to warm up, and then wrap it around any car battery. Various different types of battery blankets are designed for specific cars.

They Easily Become Strained by Various Features

Due to the reasons above, the car battery is working overtime during the winter. Unfortunately, this is also when most drivers turn on features like heated steering wheels, heated seat warmers and various headlights. All of these features come together to further strain the car battery.

When numerous amenities and features are being used at once, the car battery may need to work on its maximum output. This may cause it to overheat or to be unable to fully recharge at a later time.


Winter is one of the most taxing times for car batteries. It’s important to get them inspected before the snowy weather arrives. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on the battery.


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