LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – AAA of Lexington is reminding Central Kentucky drivers that the cold temperatures can kill weak car batteries. It says battery problems are the top reason that motorists are calling for roadside help this winter.
The auto group suggests drivers have their battery tested if it’s more than three years old, or if their car is sluggish. According to AAA, “Cold weather reveals the slightest weakness in a car battery. At 32 degrees batteries lose about 35 percent of their power and at 0 degrees they lose 60 percent .”
AAA says car batteries that are now showing signs of weakness will not last the winter.
It lists the following warning signs that you are at risk for a battery-related breakdown:
*Your vehicle cranks slowly when trying to start.
*You hear a grinding , clicking or buzzing when you turn the key into the ignition.
*Your battery is more than 3 years old.