Issues with batteries are never a walk in the park, but winter time is the worst. Trying to avoid these issues puts you one step ahead of most of us.
Batteries can perform in a range of temperatures, but extreme hot and cold can do some damage. It’s a toss up as to which extreme; hot or cold, is a greater killer of battery life, but winter is a whole lot more inconvenient!
Here are a few things that our friends at NAPA recommend you can do, to minimize your battery woes in the winter… or anytime:
- Be aware of what electronics you charge in the car. More is not necessarily the merrier. Accessories drain your battery and the more you use means your battery needs more time to fully recharge. Also, unplug electronics when car is not being driven saves on the battery charge as well.
- It’s best to drive your car at least 20 minutes at a time to get a full charge on the battery. If you generally drive short distances, then you will need to schedule a longer drive once a month. In really cold weather this is extremely important.
- Batteries generally last 3 years, so knowing the date of your last battery purchase is helpful. It’s best to replace the battery before winter hits if you can.
- Physically look at your battery, cleaning the corrosion off the terminals if needed.
- Check to see if the cables are secured to the battery.
- Using synthetic oil, if you use conventional oil, as it responds better to cold temperatures.
- There’s no guarantee that you won’t have battery issues, so always have a set up jumper cables in you car! And know how to use them.
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