Bought a 2004 Ion3 in November, and I have a question about the battery
Now, I had been taught that a battery wouldn't take a proper charge if its
temperature was below -10c. From what I can see on the Net, that's not
the case, although severe cold will certainly affect that charge that the
battery gets under normal driving.
When the battery's under the hood, it would get some warmth when the car was
sitting idling...and get a bit better charge because it's sitting under the
hood where it's warmer than out in the elements.
For anyone who's not familiar, the Ion's battery is sitting beside the dummy
wheel, in the trunk. Great idea for keeping it away from extreme heat in
the hot days of summer, water, salt, corrosion, etc etc, but...since the
trunk compartment would see little or no heat from the interior of the car,
and the compartment under the trunk 'floor' would see even less.....how will
that affect the charging of the battery?
Right now, it's -22c out there, and -42c with the wind chill. (Just whining,
since the wind chill doesn't affect cars and batteries...that's what they
say, anyways..) For the next couple days it's going to bounce around
between -25c and -30c....
I'm worried about running the battery down to the point that it won't start
the car, since we make a lot of short trips. Since it starts the car about
6-10 times on an average day, after a few days, will it not be running
pretty low on charge? (Taking more out of it than it's getting back..)