You know the feeling. It’s a dark, wintry morning and, shivering, you hurry out to your car on your way to work. You crank the engine… but all you hear is “click”.
Batteries tend to give more problems during winter because of the increased amps drawn by the starter to crank the cold engine.
What steps can you take to avoid this frustrating experience? One of the best ways to avoid winter car trouble woes is to ensure your car battery is in good working order – here are some tips to help you prolong the life of your battery.
- Keep the battery clean – clean the terminals regularly and remove with warm (not hot) soapy water any acid or dirt which may have accumulated on the battery case. This can cause the battery to self-discharge more rapidly. Also ensure that the terminals are well connected.
- Secure the battery – make sure the battery is carefully secured and the hold-down clamps are tightened.
- Turn off before you turn on – make sure the lights and other accessories (heater, rear-window demister, radio, seat-warmers, windscreen wipers) are turned off before you start the car. In cold weather a fully-charged battery provides less than half of the power it does in warm weather, and switching on the lights and other accessories before you start the engine will drain the battery even quicker.
- Check the battery’s charge rate – undercharging and overcharging reduce battery life, so it’s a good idea to ask your car dealership or repair workshop to check the charge rate when you have your car serviced. Service checks should include the charge rate at the alternator and the general condition of the battery.
If you have a flat battery, it may not need replacing. It is important to get an expert to check over your vehicle, to avoid unnecessary problems re-occurring.
If however, your battery does need replacing, we stock a large range to suit all types of applications, including dual battery systems. We only use high performance, quality batteries that are fully charged and ready to be installed in our workshop or onsite.