Commuting to work takes long and you don’t want to be late. So you have your breakfast quickly and rush towards your car. You get in and turn the key but nothing happens! This could be your worst nightmare on a cold winter morning. The culprit would be dead car battery. You wonder how, as it has not shown any signs of dying so far. While most people think that cars don’t have anything to do with the weather, truth is weather does indeed affect our cars’ performance. Particularly battery performance. Following are the best ways to avoid your car from not starting in the morning.
Park the car in the garage
This will protect it from the cold. As a result starting it will be a lot easier, thereby putting less strain on the battery.
Listen for early warning sounds
If you hear a grinding sound from the motor when you start the car, call for help or if you have battery specialist number contact him.
Check the electrical connections
Ensure all battery terminals and cable connections are clean and tight so that the current flows properly. It is important to clean the terminals periodically using water and a wire brush, otherwise corrosion at the battery terminals can prevent a car from starting by adding electrical resistance. Make sure you wear correct protective gear (gloves and eye protection).
Keep batteries clean and dry
A dirty battery surface can cause discharge and corrosion. Therefore it is important to avoid spilling oil or grease onto the top of the battery.
Make sure the battery is not loose
Vibrations can cause damage to battery plates. Ensure terminals are cleaned regularly and the battery is not jiggling. A loose battery bashing against other parts of your engine is bad.
Ensure car battery water level is always topped up
You should always remove the filter cap and check the water level every month if you have a standard or low maintenance battery. Make sure it is topped up with distilled water to just above the plates.
Secure car battery
Make sure that car battery is fit tightly within its carriage tray. This will ensure that the connections do not end up becoming loose or the battery gets damaged in some way.
Keep car battery charged
Under-charged or under-used batteries will slowly go flat over time which will reduce the life of your battery. This happens most often in winter months or vehicles left unused for long periods of time. It's important to keep a battery fully charged to ensure maximum life. When using a battery regenerator, connect it to the vehicle battery as a precautionary measure. Impulse generated by the unit can prevent or reduce the usual ageing sulphating effects in the battery.
Check the age of car battery
If the car battery is old it is more likely to malfunction in winter. If the battery is more than three years old it may need replacing.
Handle with care
We recommend you to get the car battery checked and tested by a professional for your own safety.
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