It’s cold outside. You get into your car, all bundled up, ready to get to work. You start the car, but nothing happened. Determined to get to work, you tried again. But all you hear is a clicking sound. It looks like your battery is dead.
When temperatures dip near or below zero, a lot of motorists get stuck with a car that just wouldn’t start. This is because your car battery loses 33% of its power during the cold winter months, making it susceptible to failure.
Listed below are a few helpful tips on how to look after you car batteries and prevent it from stalling in the cold weather.
Winter is a fairly common time for car batteries to die. If you live in an extremely cold region of the country, it is important to have the battery and electrical system checked by a professional. Make time for a check-up to avoid a roadside emergency.
Replace old batteries
Batteries differ in how long they last. But on average, they usually last between 3 and 5 years. If you have an old battery, there’s a good chance that it will let you down at some point during the winter, particularly if there’s any sign of the battery struggling now. We recommend that you replace your battery before winter gets an icy grip on it.
Check and clean battery connections
Battery terminals tend to corrode over time, especially if the vehicle hasn’t been driven regularly. Clean off any corrosion with the use of a stiff wire brush. Also, check battery connections to ensure that they are clean and tight. A dirty battery connection will weaken the charge. It is also important to maintain the components around your battery. Make sure the fasteners, posts and cables are in good shape.
Leaving your car unused during the winter can do more harm than good. For one, the battery won’t get enough chance to charge itself up if you don’t use it. If you haven’t used your car for some time, you might want to drive it around to keep your battery from stalling. However, short drives won’t do the trick. The vehicle has to be driven for a minimum of 20 minutes to hold a charge.