How Does the Weather Affect Your Car Battery?

The answer is – probably not in the way you think. We tend to think of battery problems as a winter phenomenon, as we fruitlessly turn the key and hear that disheartening click instead of a cheery engine start.

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But that’s probably because a dead battery is worse in winter, as we sit shivering in the car waiting for the AA. Both hot and cold temperatures can kill a battery, yet most people never give a thought to battery maintenance. Although a lead acid battery is designed to work in both heat and frost, the battery’s capacity goes down to about 20% of normal in ice, snow and frost.

So does hot weather increase its capacity? Actually it does, by as much as 12%, but that capacity increase reduces the life of the battery. In a temperate climate, the battery will last 50% longer than in a hot one.

The school run is also a likely culprit, with short journeys drawing on the battery, which never gets a chance to recharge.

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Why Winter Demands More of Batteries

The starter motor needs a good whack of amperage from the battery, but in winter, cold weather may affect the battery’s ability to handle this demand. As the oil in the car thickens in the cold weather, the battery needs even more amps to get going.

Then you set off with the headlights on, the windscreen wipers going, back and front demisters on full blast, heating at max, a nice radio station on loud to cheer you up – pity the poor battery.

Don’t forget that a weakly charged battery is much more likely to freeze than a fully charged one. So one thing you can do in winter, is to keep the battery topped up, especially if the forecast is for icy and freezing conditions.

Maintaining Your Battery

The AA says that “undercharging” gives rise to “sulphation” – the lead plates in the battery harden and it is no longer able to hold a charge. Not to worry, there are solutions. As well as the great selection of car batteries online from stockists such as http://www.grovesbatteries.co.uk/, you can get an “intelligent charger” battery conditioner.

You can leave the battery connected to it for lengthy periods without the battery getting damaged – a great investment.

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All will use the V8 biturbo engine that other Mercedes-AMG models, such as the AMG GT , as well as the fast nine-ratio SPEEDSHIFT MCT gearbox or the AMG Performance 4MATIC + variable all-wheel drive system we knew from the Mercedes-AMG Class E. Continue reading “Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 4MATIC +: A big SUV Coupe variant that inherits features of the Mercedes-AMG GT”

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Jaguar is a brand that quickly relate to the British Isles, a creator of cars that blends luxury with sportiness like few others, but that has adapted to new market needs in recent years. If you needed an SUV, because there it was, and if it touches are cars with batteries, they have to prepare one with a great pint.

It is called Jaguar I-PACE and curiously has been presented across the pond in the Hall of Los Angeles. The reason seems clear, the center of automotive electrification is there, and it seems the best showcase to show your intentions. Continue reading “This is the first fully electric Jaguar an SUV called I-PACE”

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What segment B it is because there are two types of utility vehicles: the segment A, the smaller (usually 3.5 to 3.7 m about long), and of a slightly larger B segment (about approximately 3.8 to 4.10 m), but without becoming a mid-size car. Both cars are designed primarily to get around the city and not drinking too much, although in the case of segment B can travel without fear.

In Europe there is a very tough competition in the market for this type of utility car segment B, with around 40 different models of different brands. With this in mind, we wonder what can offer the new Nissan Micra do it emphasize respect of others. Continue reading “Nissan Micra 2016: More technology and assistants to keep selling cars combustion”

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The Marco Wittmann had succeeded in his second career title Hockenheim DTM Champion title won after the first season in 2014. There have only been a few hours and BMW has already announced it will launch a limited edition BMW M4 in honor of this new triumph. Here is the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition. Continue reading “500 hp and 0 to 100 km / h in 3.8 seconds, but there will be only 200 units of the BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition”

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The future looks promising for technology in cars, today we are facing a significant share of electric cars aiming to increase year after year; on the other hand are the systems of autonomous driving, where several companies have active developments with a view to having the first commercial products during the next decade.

Here BMW has taken it easy, or at least have decided not to show off their progress as others, as everything has been in tentative dates, images concept and the promise that their autonomous car will arrive in 2021, as claimed ago about months. Today comes to light new information on this project which was known as ‘i NEXT’ and from now changed to ‘i20 Project’, which aims to be launched in 2025. Continue reading “Project i20, electrical and autonomous car that BMW wants to compete against Tesla”

Porsche Panamera

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Like on the outside, new inside. The Porsche Panamera 2017 is far from being a restyling of the German sports sedan, so the Stuttgart manufacturer has wanted to give an acceleration summer course on innovations that give meaning to the new Porsche Panamera. The objective? Know, first hand, which in view of the human eye is not always possible to appreciate.

To deepen the vastness of this sport designed for the circuit and for the day, nothing better to review the design, powertrains, the structure and the electronic part of the creature, in their respective workshops. All that, Spiced with a few laps in circuit? Exactly! Continue reading “7 key technologies that make the new Porsche Panamera a beast inside and outside circuit”

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9 keys for you to meet the new Citroën C3, the mini-Cactus for young

Just presented this morning the new Citroen C3, a new generation of the most successful utility of the French brand that is renewed from head to toe following the Citroën Advanced Comfort program to stay as it was selling the previous generation.

The good results achieved by the Citroën C4 Cactus results have given the great idea to extend the image Citroën other models in the range. The second in this list has been the C3, a car that needed a godsend a relay that will finally come to early 2017 and will be positioned as a tough opponent against the Clio, 208 and Fiesta.

Continue reading “9 keys for you to meet the new Citroën C3, the mini-Cactus for young”

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If you have an Audi RS3 can already boast against the Audi R8 because this preparation takes 555 hp

Do you have a Audi RS3 and find that power in short supply? Your neighbor the mighty trolling you with its 540 hp Audi R10? Quiet, Germans of B & B have the solution. For a small price of just under 2,000 dollars you can get a Giant Killer cucumber. Are four stages of preparation available and each gets a little hot to hot hatch of the four rings. Continue reading “If you have an Audi RS3 can already boast against the Audi R8 because this preparation takes 555 hp”