Take Care of Your Car Battery in Winter

Car mechanic - Photo Credit: Joe Belanger

When Your Car Won’t Start

When your car won’t start on a cold morning it is often an issue with your car battery. Why is this?

Low temperatures affect the way a battery produces and stores electricity. In short, it reduces the battery’s ability to hold the charge. This is especially true about older and weaker batteries. They already have reduced performance and on cold winter days, this performance is reduced even further. At the same time, the start motor will require more current to get going when it is cold outside.

In cold and damp weather, your vehicle’s electrical systems also have to work a lot harder, which will drain your batter quicker. Driving less frequently and only short distances in winter may mean that your battery doesn’t get fully charged.

Check Your Battery

You should check your battery at least every second week during winter months. It is easily done with a voltmeter or power probe. If your battery is in good condition, the voltage should be between 12.4 and 12.7 volts.

Charge it whenever necessary, particularly if it is more than two-three years old.

Tips to Take Care of Your Battery

There are a few things you can do to take better care of your vehicle’s battery:

  • When driving, do not use heaters and/or heated seats for longer than necessary. Turn them down whenever you can.
  • Always switch off radio, players, heaters, lights, and wipers when you park and before you turn off the ignition.
  • Don’t leave any phone charges on.
  • Park in a heated garage whenever you can.

Car mechanic – Photo Credit: Joe Belanger