Winter with its freezing temperatures is just around the corner. We’ve had a couple of nights with temperatures below the freezing mark with more to come. Remember, a winter freeze can decrease the power that your auto battery provides. Now is the time to get rid of any corrosion or other ‘nasties’ that may have collected over the summer. Also, keep in mind that even with good maintenance and care, a car battery’s life is only three to five years. Now is the time to make sure your battery is operating properly. Here are some things to consider.
- Keep your car’s battery fully charged when your vehicle is not in use. If you are not going to use your vehicle for two or more weeks, use of a battery tender is recommended.
- Look for warning signs that your vehicle’s electrical system may have a problem. Dimming of the headlights when the vehicle is idling but brighten when the engine is under load is one sign of a problem.
- Check the charging system for corrosion, cracks, or other signs of wear and tear.
- Clean the battery cables yourself or have a technician at your repair shop clean them for you. Also, check that the charging system is charging correctly.
- Make sure that all connections and cables are tightened properly.
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