Protecting Your Car's Battery in the Winter

Not many things are worse than waking up on a cold winter morning, jumping in your car and finding that it won't start because the battery is dead. The first frost or snow may look beautiful and picturesque, but that frigid weather can kill your battery and leave you stranded.

Inspect Your Battery

Before the first cold sets in, take the time to inspect your vehicle's battery. While a battery may last for several years, if yours is old, consider replacing it before winter, rather than having to replace it after you are stranded.

Check for any corrosion around the terminals. Corrosion is usually a sign of a faulty connection and may cause your battery to drain and your vehicle not to start. Inspect the battery and ensure that the terminals are free of corrosion and that the battery is properly secured.

Stay Out Of The Wind

Park your car in a manner that protects your battery from the direct wind. If you have ever felt the chill of a winter wind blowing, you have an idea of what the wind can do to the battery of your vehicle. Parking in a garage or protected carport can protect your battery from the cold chill of the wind. If you don't have access to these, take precautions when parking so that the front of your car is not facing directly into the wind.  

Turn Off Accessories

Let your vehicle run for a few minutes before you crank up the heat, the radio, or any other accessories. Accessories draw power from the battery, and by not using them while you are idling, the alternator has a chance to recharge the battery.

Extreme temperatures are hard on the battery of your vehicle. Summer heat can strain your battery and leave it depleted when the seasons change. There are ways to protect your battery from failing due to cold weather and ensure that your vehicle starts when you need it the most.

The best way to ensure that your vehicle is ready for winter is to have it inspected by a professional. To make sure your battery starts your vehicle this winter, and you're not stuck out in the cold, contact us today to schedule a service appointment.


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