The Meineke Car Care Center on South Queen Street in York will help keep your car starting all winter long.

When you got up this morning, you found the chill of winter and the patchy frost that the weather forecasters had promised. You also found that your car wouldn't start.

It probably doesn't make you feel any better to know you weren't alone. Cold weather is hard on cars and car batteries are known for dying in cold weather.

"It’s true, car batteries don’t like the cold and they aren’t big fans of winter. ... It’s not just about poor performance either. Cold snaps can really mess with a car’s battery, even damage it beyond repair or kill it entirely," says. explains: "Car batteries can die any time of year but they mostly tend to kick the bucket during winter. This is due to the way electric charges are created in a car battery: Liquid electrolytes mix with lead plates inside the battery, producing a reaction that creates an electric charge.

"When the battery is warm, the rate of that reaction is increased. This means less power is required to deliver voltage to the starter (which starts the car) and keep that voltage stabilized (so the engine continues to run).

"When the battery is cold, the opposite happens. The rate of reaction is slowed, which means a higher charge is required to start and run the vehicle. At 0℃ a typical car battery loses about 35% of its strength. At -17℃ it loses about 60%.

"Over a battery’s lifespan, as it naturally deteriorates from internal corrosion, it becomes more difficult for the battery to deliver that higher charge during cold snaps. When this happens, the battery is more likely to die."

Once our battery dies, you have a few choices: get a jump, have your car towed to a repair shop, buy a new battery.

Before that happens, however, you can take steps to preserve your batter and keep it from dying when it turns cold. Among those steps - park in a garage or in underground parking, drive your car several times each week (really drive, don't just idle), have your battery checked and use a battery charger when your battery gets weak.

Having your battery checked regularly is vital. According to "The battery is a vital component of your vehicle, so treat it that way. Just as you get your antifreeze levels checked regularly, you should be getting your battery checked by a professional ... routinely—especially before and throughout winter. By getting the battery checked, you’ll know what kind of condition it’s in and whether or not it might need to be replaced."

If you don't have a regular York auto care technician you can trust to test your battery and do other car care chores, it's time you got to know the guys at the Meineke Car Care on South Queen Street in York. Meineke has 13 car care centers in south-central Pennsylvania to help you:

  • Meineke Car Care Center - Pleasant View Road
    331 Pleasant View Rd, New Cumberland, PA 17070
  • Meineke Car Care Center - Rodney Road
    1775 Rodney Road, York, PA 17408
  • Meineke Car Care Center - South Queen Street
    855 South Queen Street, York, PA 17403
  • Meineke Car Care Center - 2nd Street
    201 N. 2nd Street, New Freedom, PA 17349
  • Meineke Car Care Center - Baltimore Street
    871 Baltimore Street, Hanover, PA 17331
  • Meineke Car Care Center - Carlisle Pike
    6510 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
  • Meineke Car Care Center - Carlisle Street
    1125 Carlisle Street, Hanover, PA 17331
  • Meineke Car Care Center - East Chocolate Ave
    1401 East Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033
  • Meineke Car Care Center - Gettysburg Road
    2236 Gettysburg Rd, Camp Hill, PA 17011
  • Meineke Car Care Center - Jonestown Road
    4509 Jonestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109
  • Meineke Car Care Center - Manheim Pike
    1220 Manheim Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601
  • Meineke Car Care Center - Market Street
    2301 E Market Street, York, PA 17402
  • Meineke Car Care Center - Paxton Street
    3098 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, PA 17111

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