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With battery life, winter’s not the only culprit

January 25th, 2016 by

NOAA temperature outlook for February 2016.

Cold kills car batteries. And heat is its accomplice.

That’s why auto shops across America are stocking extra batteries this year.

Low temperatures slow down chemical reactions, including the one retaining a charge in your car battery. In winter, most commuters will hear a sluggish ignition – if they hear one at all.

However, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a strong El Niño to create a mild, wet winter for most Americans.

Mild winters mean fewer battery problems, right? Not necessarily.

According to NOAA, summer 2015 was the hottest on record in more than a century. Many cities experienced highs more than 10 degrees above their average – which, according to a Battery Council International study, is hot enough to damage a battery’s life and capacity. If a battery gets hot enough, its internal components corrode and weaken how much power the battery has.

It’s called heat deterioration. Every vehicle in North America is suffering from it this year, and no one has noticed it. But they will. Temps don’t have to fall far to give car owners a sluggish ignition – if they get one at all.

Be like Bill. Get your car battery tested.

The problem is most car owners only think about replacing their battery when it’s dead. So when a cold snap hits, no matter how severe, drivers often find themselves stuck.

That’s why Interstate Batteries encourages you to test your battery now. The ED-18 Battery Analyzer available at many Interstate Batteries dealers can detect heat damage and predict exactly how cold it has to get to kill a battery.

Find an Interstate Batteries dealer now and get your battery tested.

By Youssef Sleiman (70 Posts)

Youssef Sleiman writes and reports the powerful news at Interstate Batteries.


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77 comments
Mark Levine
Mark Levine

Hello on a cold night. Spring soon? lol

David Michael Harmon
David Michael Harmon

Should be 2 or 3 years free replacement most others are then pro rated after the full replacement warranty

Sumaya Rayan
Sumaya Rayan

Abla AlAlami maybe your battery needed to thaw.

Bruno Faltynowski
Bruno Faltynowski

Just a heads up,Be sure the battery you purchase is "Made In The USA",,,Problem solved,Phuck china and their trash.

Scott Fabre
Scott Fabre

I must say too that I had a 72mo Interstate battery in a vett stored inside on a float charger. It lasted only 14mos. My suspicion was that it sat on the store shelf without being charged too long. It seemed to have sulfation issues based on symptoms. These were hard sulfation issues not soft. They were not reversible. I received a prorated discount on another battery at the same store.

Tim Ligney
Tim Ligney

Interstate never wants to replace them I've had problems with them too had a,battery only 1 yr and a,half old and they didn't want to replace it.they always give u a hard time they think they are always right

Mickey Macelli
Mickey Macelli

Hey Dan, how long do you think they sit on the shelf before you buy one?

Don Ortiz
Don Ortiz

I dont mess with interstate. I go for the best. Went with optima yellow top. Battery is a beast.

Jason Cohen
Jason Cohen

LISTEN UP EVERYONE WHO'S TRIED TO FILE A CLAIM WITH STATE FARM AND THEY REFUSED TO COOPERATE!!! It is very simple if they don't do exactly what you want when you file a claim, forget about hiring a lawyer. You can simply hire a public adjuster who will work for free on a contingency basis. And get you exactly what you want. AND...wait for it... Simply file a complaint form at the California department of insurance, which will cost you nothing!! CDI will quickly put State Farm in their place and make them pay for everything on the claim and it's free, the governments dept of ins has FAR more power than anybody else to enforce state farms pathetic cheapness to pay out especially if you have a claim for home damage (auto as well). State Farm does not want to have bad records (that stays on their record and effects their yearly review and lowers their AM rating AND IT ALSO GETS PUBLISHED IN THE STATES CONSUMER COMPLAINTS STUDY on their Dept. Public Website) with the State Dept. that's why they will pony up. http://www.insurance.ca.gov/01-consumers/101-help/ Please share this info with family and friends. Also keep a copy of this for future use.

Larry Kuhn
Larry Kuhn

On the other hand I have an interstate battery in my other car and can't tell you how old it is and still starts the car it was in it when I got it 9 yrs ago maybe I need to replace it before it does give up lol I have had great luck with interstate

Larry Kuhn
Larry Kuhn

I live within 1hr from a battery place won't say the name but is in Lyons station PA and bought a. Battery from them about six years ago for about $80 and put it in my 76 Oldsmobile ,car sits maybe six months a year outside and starts every time with out a jump

Steve Buell
Steve Buell

Batteries are basically all the same........... If the last 5 years you've done good... stay away from walmart.... Just remember the old saying you get what you pay for

Kevin Briley
Kevin Briley

Thank you Interstate Batteries for making things right.

Mike Alvarado
Mike Alvarado

Here i qas thinking about getting a battery from this company but after this i nees to look at different make witb a better Warranty

Kevin Briley
Kevin Briley

Hey Dan batteries are used in all kinds of equipment that is not used on a daily, weekly, or monthly use all the time. If you are supposed to keep them on a charge/maintainer when not in use they should be marketed as rechargeable batteries! By the way the battery was just replaced because it was a battery failure not user error !!! When you buy a 72 month battery it should last 72 months or be prorated out!!!

Dan Mariette
Dan Mariette

Seriously people, it's not that tough: You can't leave a battery in a vehicle completely unused for 3 or more months. It WILL go dead. And the $6 you got back was the core charge refund for a new one. It wasn't covered under the warranty because it was user error, as always.

Jason Pappas
Jason Pappas

can you say battery tender are always in season LOL... at the very least one of those $15 solar panel chargers will keep the battery from being drained by the cars brain!!

Rodney D. Atkins
Rodney D. Atkins

Question? Why have batteries changed the cc amp to a lower number and regular cranking amps to a higher number. In the past it was the reverse! ???

Rodney D. Atkins
Rodney D. Atkins

Interstate batteries sold at P& W Classic Auto and Hobby Shop on II w highway just above Clayton homes - Rutledge

Steven W Shideler
Steven W Shideler

Hot summers do a lot more damage. Not cold winters unless you let the battery die then it will freeze. A properly charged battery will not freeze.

Mickey Macelli
Mickey Macelli

Doesn't matter Mr. Interstate Batteries, a warranty is a warranty. 9 months old and you give him $6. back. Not cool.

Chris Staley
Chris Staley

it's a 140$ battery I don't understand why multi million dollar companies don't fix things. I work for a small business and if the customer is unhappy were gonna make it right. Let alone for a 140$ product. LMAO

Glen DiRienzo
Glen DiRienzo

I live in Arizona. The AAA serviceman told me, the heat kills car batteries here. Ill be going through a car battery every few years instead, of the usual 4-5.

Joe Krupinski
Joe Krupinski

Uhh. Its 5f. Here, my car wont start. I have an Interstate battery. Can you explain? I'm a mechanic. Its a fact that extreme cold weather effects battery performance .. Especially Interstate batteries.

Joe Dane
Joe Dane

Seems more like an interstate battery ad than anything...

Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries

Kevin, thank you. Have you talked to our customer service department about this? Call us at 888.772.3600. What you describe sounds like it should be covered under the warranty, but we'll need more info.

Kevin Briley
Kevin Briley

No!!! It did not freeze it (the truck) is stored in an insulated building and a battery will not freeze if it is charged, it acted like it had a dead cell , low on cranking amps and failed a load test.

Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries

Arthur -- correct! It's like a lifelong smoker who succumbs to lung cancer or a stroke caused by excess plaque, etc. Did the stroke/cancer kill him, or did the history of smoking? And that's really the crux of the linked article, which apparently people didn't read. :)

Kevin Briley
Kevin Briley

No the battery was well charged when stored then disconnected! So your saying not to use interstate batteries in anything that doesn't operate on a daily basis such as tractors, combines, swathers, dozers, grain trucks, hmmmm thanks

Kevin Briley
Kevin Briley

Does it say any where in your warranty that your batteries are not to be used in street rods? Or not to be stored for the winter? Because there is no good reason for not replacing mine other than your employee didn't want to!

Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries

Kevin is correct. Short drives take much more of a toll on batteries than long drives at freeway speeds.

Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries

Batteries will self-discharge if left sitting for months, even if there's no draw. It's the nature of the lead-acid chemistry. That's why we recommend using a maintainer charger if the battery won't be used for a while. Was the pickup outside in cold weather? Did the battery freeze?

Interstate Batteries
Interstate Batteries

Hi, David. If any of the replies are hidden for you, it's probably due to the writers' privacy settings.

Scott Johnson
Scott Johnson

I have been an interstate battery dealer for 8 years and only had 1 battery failure under warranty th one failed after 1 week . As an auto tech of 30 year's in my opinion they're the best value money can buy as for there warranty it's industry standard . I think the dealer may have pulled a fast one. Or thought you were.

Ed Ramos
Ed Ramos

The real deal... Interstate!

Dan Piotraschke
Dan Piotraschke

Just replaced an Interstate with a Walmart brand. Reading these posts I probably did the right thing. Interstate battery was 5 yes old,,,,,, but was killed dead dead while camping in the heat of the summer. (darn kids left the glove box open and interior light on). So 7 months later in mild winter conditions it died. Also short drives, 5 miles or less (home-work- home) many many times will reduce the life of a battery too. To many starts with not enough travel to recharge it will kill it too, in my opinion.

Joe Bilek
Joe Bilek

Had a new Interstate put in my 2011 Ram about a month ago. The original one was beginning to slow down on the start ups. The Interstate was a little more expensive but I know they make top notch equipment.

David Reilly
David Reilly

Why can't we see the 8replys on this matter?

Gene Pinner
Gene Pinner

Don't go to the Interstate Battery in Gainesville, FL! Very poor customer service, don't be specific on what you want either, you'll blow the sales person's mind.

Kevin Schoening
Kevin Schoening

Interstate was the top battery brand 20+ years ago. Now, they are not any better than anyone else. Follow the money...

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