Is your battery ready to survive winters worst

Is Your Battery Ready to Survive Winter’s Worst?

Winter weather is here and with it comes some big challenges for your car. Your wiper blades, tires, anti-freeze coolant and spark plugs should all be ready to handle nature’s fury, but don’t forget to lift the hood to check on the condition of your car’s battery.
Your car battery can spell the difference between you arriving safely at your destination or being stuck by the side of the road. Even with jumper cables at the ready, you could be miles away from help, stranded for hours in sub-freezing cold. This isn’t only a bad thing for your car but it could prove hazardous, even deadly for you.
According to Interstate Batteries, your vehicle’s battery loses 33 percent of its power when the temperature dips below freezing and over 50 percent of its power when the temperature falls below zero. A weak battery simply cannot keep up when the weather is cold, so check your battery before making your next trip.
Gale Kimbrough, Technical Services Manager with Interstate Batteries, offers drivers battery winterizing tips so they aren’t left out in the cold.
“Dead batteries are very common this time of year and we want area residents to know how to prevent a stalled car. When temperatures become colder, turning over an engine can take up to twice as much current as needed under more favorable conditions and low temperatures can significantly decrease battery output,” Kimbrough said.
Battery Winterizing Tips from Interstate Batteries
Seek Professional Help – for Your Batteries, that is. These aren’t your typical AA batteries, so it’s important to have the battery and electrical system checked by a professional. Sometimes the naked eye cannot detect the presence of corrosion because it is hidden under the metal between the connection and the post.
Protect Your Battery from Mr. Freeze. The cold weather can dramatically reduce a person’s energy level and it can do the same to a battery’s available starting power. It’s a good idea to have your car’s starting and charging system tested every six months.
Charge It. Use a battery charger to maintain charge levels and keep the battery in good condition. According to Kimbrough, a fully charged battery will not freeze until -76F; however, a fully discharged battery could start to freeze at 32F.
Small Maintenance Chores are Necessary. Preparing your car for the winter doesn’t end with the battery itself. You need to inspect your battery cables, posts, and fasteners. Make sure your cables are in good shape and are secured firmly to the battery.
So before you take your next trip make sure that your battery is ready to provide the service you need even during the worst winter conditions.

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