Here in Nicholasville, Kentucky, we’re used to the cold weather…but your car might not be. Believe it or not, your car’s battery is actually pretty temperamental, so when you think your car is having a rough time during this Winter freeze because of engine troubles, think again! According to Interstate Batteries; “Your vehicle’s battery loses 33 percent of its power when the temperature dips below freezing, and over 50 percent of its power when the temperature falls below zero.” That’s not a small dip. Here are our tips for keeping your battery strong no matter what old man Winter throws your way:
Start your car every day
Maybe you don’t need to commute, and perhaps you keep your car in the driveway or the garage as your ‘second car.’ That’s cool, but in temperatures like these, you should really go outside and start it up once a day. This not only keeps your battery charged, but also keeps the fluids from getting frozen and/or stagnant.
Keep your car in the garage
Or keep it covered at night. The same way you may feel stiff and sore when you wake up on a cold day, is the same way your car battery feels after a night in the cold snow. It may take a second or two to get going (we’ve never actually asked our battery how it feels, but we’re pretty sure it’s upset with us for leaving our car parked outside last night.)
Test it regularly
Stop by your local shop and have your car’s starting and charging system tested every six months. The colder weather puts a strain on every part of your engine, including your battery. Keeping an eye on how fast it’s losing charge may help you prevent a stall during the Winter months.
Though we here at Glenn Ford Lincoln know that your Escape, Fusion, Mustang, or Super Duty, is in tip-top shape, a bit of maintenance never hurts. Keep an eye on your battery during these Winter months, and your car will never leave you out in the cold.