WHY IT HAPPENS
This is the most common problem that people face during the winter season, “car not starting due to battery or starter problems”. During winter, it does get difficult for the battery to function as a battery is filled with chemicals that produce electrons. When the weather is cold it becomes difficult for the battery to produce more power as the battery produces fewer electrons. Therefore the starter motor has less energy to start the engine which leads to the car not starting easily.
During winter, the starter motor and car accessories like radio, headlights and other requires more power to function which affects the battery even more as the battery is not producing enough power compared to the warmer days. The starter motor demands more power than usual in winter as the engine oil becomes thick due to cold weather. This makes it difficult for the engine to start which causes the starter motor to demand more power.
These reasons cause the battery and starter to go bad during winter as the car requires more power than usual. The accessories and other components make it difficult for the battery to supply power in such weather resulting in the problems.
HOW TO AVOID IT
As the winter season arrives, get your car battery assessed and changed if required. If your battery is old, get it replaced. The life of batteries does differ, but assessment will help you get a better idea of the decision to make. The best thing to do is to buy the battery recommended in the owner’s manual.
Diagnose the problems on your own about what other problems might arise due to simple factors. Check for corrosion on battery terminals. Corrosion can cause major problems in starting the car. If there is corrosion clean it or get it cleaned at an auto repair shop or by calling an auto mobile mechanic service.
Another thing that can help avoid this problem is battery blanket. A battery blanket wraps the battery and covers it from all four sides. It produces heat that prevents the battery liquid from freezing. You can also add a trickle charger on the top of the battery that provides enough power to the battery to keep it from freezing when the car is off.