Having an Efficient Battery During the Winter

Winter

 

When owning a vehicle, there are several parts and components that will need to be inspected on a regular basis. When temperatures drop to near freezing, you will want to inspect the tires of your vehicle, and also the battery. It is not a bad idea to keep jumper cables in your vehicle, because you may need to jump-start your vehicle when it gets cold out. If you notice that the vehicle becomes slower to start, it could be a sign that the battery is starting to fail. It is always best to bring the vehicle in and we can test the battery. If it has a low charge, buying a new battery might be the best option. As this can help save you stress in the long run.

Age of the Battery

Depending on the age of the battery, you may be better off having it replaced. With age, the battery will be less reliable, and more difficult to assist in starting your vehicle. You will want to make sure that the battery you buy for your car is the correct size. Checking the owner’s manual will help to ensure that you get the battery that is most ideal for you.

Turn off Electronics

Also remember to turn off the heater and radio of your vehicle before you start it. Power coming from the alternator may prevent the battery from charging correctly if other electronics are on. As you start your vehicle, you will want all the power to go for starting your car, and not for powering on other accessories or electronics. When you store the vehicle, make sure that you disconnect the battery. Devices like clocks or alarm systems can continue to pull power, even while the vehicle is off. If you leave the battery in and do not start your vehicle for some time, the vehicle will go dead on its own.