RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The bitter temperatures means multiple service calls for the Richmond-area AAA over the past two days, since the cold snap moved into Central Virginia. The majority of the car trouble reported is thanks to dead batteries. When the temperature drops below freezing, car batteries lose power extremely quickly, according to AAA. Batteries start losing 35 percent of their power.
In fact, it takes twice as much power to start a car engine when it gets cold outside. If the battery sits for more than one day in the cold, that can put even more strain on it. Mechanics suggest getting your car battery checked at a shop, or you can do it at home, if you have the right kit.
The typical lifespan of a battery is three to five years. Check the date sticker on the battery to see when it was manufactured. The date should be coded with letters representing months and the year, depending on the manufacturer. If you're installing a new battery, check out the date sticker yourself to make sure it hasn't expired, and is not older than six months.
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