It’s safe to say, winter weather is here to stay. We have noticed that as the temperature drops, the amount of dead batteries increases. Other than parking in an insulated garage, there isn’t a lot you can do to protect your battery from the bitter cold winter temperatures. The best way to help prevent your battery from unexpectedly dying is to make sure it’s always in good shape.
Here are 7 tips to maintain your vehicle’s battery:
1) Clean your battery by removing the clamps and wipe away the grease, dirt and oxidation. A dirty battery connection will weaken the charge.
2) Keep the battery tray clean; dirt and build up on the casing of the battery can drain its power.
3) Be sure the battery is secure and sitting correctly. A loose battery can spill battery acid over your engine or vibrate and cause loose wiring and a disconnect.
4) Coordinate your errands and trips; each time you start your car, it uses your battery’s power
5) Check the car battery water level indicator on a regular basis and fill with distilled water as needed
6) Invest in a car battery charger that will maintain the ideal charge level when your car is not going to be used for an extended amount of time.
7) Install an insulation blanket. The plastic sheet keeps the battery warm, which can be especially helpful in the cold winter months.
Don’t get stuck in the cold during the winter months; maintain your vehicle’s battery to maximize its longevity!
Here are 4 warning signs that you are at risk for a battery related breakdown:
1) You hear grinding or a clicking sound when you turn the ignition
2) Your vehicle cranks slowly when attempting to start
3) Your headlights dim when idling but brighten when you rev your engine
4) Your battery is more than three years old
If you are concerned about your battery’s performance, we welcome you to visit one of our 7 locations for a FREE battery test. In the event that you do need a new battery, we proudly sell Interstate Batteries, Americas #1 replacement battery.