Battery in Winter

January 9, 2018

Importance of Battery Efficiency this Winter

  If your vehicle is having issues starting it may be an indication a new battery will be needed soon. It is also important to know that the summer’s heat will do more damage to your vehicle’s battery than the winter actually does. The heat will react with the chemicals in the battery and it may result in a battery that looses its charge or fails completely.   If the battery is starting to show signs of corrosion may need to be replaced in the near future. Dirt and debris can start to gather and form in tight spaces of the battery and may eventually start to cause issues. You should always make sure the battery is clean, especially around the terminals where the connections are.   When your vehicle becomes more difficult to start, it could be caused by the battery. Make sure all the accessories like the radio, lights, GPS, and any other electronic thing is turned off. This will prevent the battery trying to operate them, when trying to start the vehicle. If everything is off, and the vehicle is still difficult to start, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can inspect it for you.   You should also make sure the battery is holding its charge properly and efficiently. If your vehicle is slow to start or does not start at all, it is a good idea to have the battery tested. You can also have a battery that is overcharged, in which case, it will not work as well or efficiently as it should be. Sometimes an overcharged battery will act like one that is losing its charge, and wear out.