What Cold Weather Does to Batteries

Car batteries tend to be weaker during times of cold and hot weather. At Oxford Toyota, our goal is to explain why this happens so that you can avoid costly repairs or other inconveniences. When the temperatures drop, motor oil can become thicker, which makes it harder for an engine to turn over.

Furthermore, car batteries that are older could struggle with the increased demand placed on them during periods of cold weather. In many cases, it takes more amps to start a car when it is colder out. Fortunately, most new batteries can handle the increased demand with ease regardless of how cold it gets.

During the winter months, the use of windshield wipers and headlights during the longer nights can put strain on your battery. However, contrary to popular opinion, leaving your interior lights on doesn't necessarily cause your battery to drain.



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