Battery Care for the Upcoming Winter
As the weather gets colder out, you will want to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter. This way you can ensure it is working efficiently and at top performance levels. Make sure to bring the vehicle in regularly for maintenance inspections. There are parts you will want to inspect, such as the tires, battery, fluid levels, and oil.
If the battery is stored for a long period of time, it will suffer a self-discharge, even in moderate climates. Real damage can result when a depleted battery’s electrolyte meets freezing temps, cracking the internals and case. Proper battery storage with a charger avoids both problems. If you are not sure how to care for the battery, make sure to contact us and we can recommend the best solution.
If you are connecting the battery to the charger, make sure to know the proper instructions and safety measures. Before you attach the leads, inspect the battery’s terminals and cables, cleaning off any corrosion and replacing worn parts. Then it is as easy as slapping on the included alligator clips, red is positive, black is negative. Just make sure the charger is unplugged or off before making the connections. If you cannot run the cables without leaving the trunk or hood open, be sure there is not a light on as a result. If there is, remove the bulb to reduce the drain and keep it from burning out prematurely.
Following this advice will prolong the life of your battery, saving you money and aggravation in the end. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it, along with the battery. Having a safety inspection can help you to increase the performance and comfort when you are driving this winter. If you ever notice an issue with the vehicle, you should make an appointment with us. It is better to catch an issue at the first sign rather than waiting until it becomes worse.