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Winter Battery Care: Preventing Cold Weather Breakdowns

As winter creeps in and temperatures plummet, vehicle owners often find themselves facing a common headache: battery trouble. Cold weather can be particularly harsh on your vehicle's battery, leading to unexpected failures at the most inconvenient times.

Your vehicle’s batteries function by converting chemical energy into electrical energy. However, the frigid temperatures of winter can severely impede this essential process. As the mercury drops, your car battery loses approximately 35% of its power, making it less efficient at kick starting your engine. Moreover, cold weather thickens the engine oil, increasing resistance and requiring more power from the battery to crank the engine into action.

Here are a few tips to prevent your vehicle’s battery from dying in cold weather:

  1. Get a Battery Checkup: The first step to preventing battery issues is to have a professional inspect your battery before winter takes its toll. This checkup will assess your battery's condition, remaining lifespan, and its capacity to withstand the cold.
  2. Keep Your Battery Warm: It's a simple yet effective solution. The warmer your battery remains, the easier it can generate the energy necessary to start your vehicle. Try to park your vehicle in a garage or under a covered area to shield it from the bitter cold.
  3. Turn Off Electrical Accessories: When starting your vehicle in freezing temperatures, make sure to switch off all electrical accessories like the radio, air conditioning, and headlights. These gadgets place extra strain on the battery, potentially causing it to drain faster.
  4. Drive Your Vehicle Regularly: Leaving your vehicle unused for extended periods can lead to battery power loss. Regularly driving your vehicle helps keep the battery charged and prevents it from succumbing to the cold.
  5. Invest in a Battery Heater: A battery heater can be a lifesaver in cold climates. This handy device attaches to your battery and keeps it warm, making it more efficient in producing the energy needed to start your car even in the harshest conditions.

If you're experiencing any issues with your vehicle’s battery or require a professional checkup, don't hesitate to reach out to the experts at Old Town Auto Service. Keep your vehicle running smoothly and stay worry-free during the frosty winters!

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