Top 5 Ways to Maintain Your Battery Life this Winter
Cold weather puts a strain on your battery. After you've had your battery checked by a professional and your car serviced, there are some things you can do to prolong the life your battery during winter months.
First, assess the age of your battery. If it is between three and five years old, you may want to replace it with a new, more reliable battery. It is important to buy the correct battery for the make of your car. You can typically find this information in the owner's manual; however, the correct size can change. If you are unsure, it's best to ask a professional. As always, AAA Battery Service is here for you.
Next, you will need to check your battery for corrosion. This is caused by a faulty connection that allows battery acid to escape and corrode surrounding areas. Corrosion can also prevent a car from starting. Clean any residue that has collected around the battery.
If your battery is in good shape, consider investing in a battery tender to keep the charge of your battery high without over charging. AAA Battery Service has a supply of tenders available for you to purchase. Without a battery tender, it’s important to drive your car regularly to keep up the charge, especially in colder months.
- If you’re in a colder climate, keep your car in a garage when possible or install a battery blanket to keep the fluid from freezing.
Unplug and turn off electronic devices and automotive accessories in your car when not in use. They can use up the power coming from the car’s alternator and prevent the battery from charging.
Winter weather is hard on your car battery, but AAA Battery Service is here to help. Take the time to prevent an unpleasant surprise the next time you start your car.