Cold cranking amps (CCA) is a rating used to define the battery's ability to start an engine in cold temperatures.

Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) : CCA is a rating used in the battery industry to define a battery's ability to start an engine in cold temperatures. It is easier to start an engine in a warm environment than in a cold one. The rating refers to the number of amps a 12-volt battery can deliver at 0°F for 30 seconds while maintaining a voltage of at least 7.2 volts. The higher the CCA rating, the greater the starting power of the battery.

Consider the CCA Rating if You Live in a Cold Climate : If you live in a cold climate, the CCA rating is a more important consideration than it is if you live in a warm one. Battery starting power deteriorates as the battery ages, so a battery with higher starting power should give you more confidence over time. Replacement batteries should equal or exceed the OE battery in ratings. Replacing a battery with a battery that has a lower CCA than the original equipment may result in poor performance.

When the temperature drops, available starting power decreases and required starting power increases.