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Winter Battery Tips

Winter Battery Tips

Winter Battery Tips

As temperatures become colder, it’s crucial that you consider the impact of winter weather on your car. Car batteries, for example, are more likely to fail during cold snaps. Luckily, a few tricks can help keep your battery in top shape all winter.

Car Batteries and Cold Weather

A car battery produces an electric charge by combining liquid electrolytes and lead plates, creating a chemical reaction. During cold weather, this reaction can slow, meaning a higher charge is required to start your vehicle or keep it running. If the battery strains to deliver the charge, it can die.

Replace Old Batteries

As car batteries age, the water in the liquid electrolyte mix can evaporate, and the metal plates can become corroded. These things make it even harder for a battery to create the necessary reaction to start your car. If your battery is four or more years old, it can become heavily corroded, so consider replacing it.

Park in a Dry Location

Parking your vehicle in a dry location, such as a garage, can keep the battery out of the elements. If the battery isn’t exposed to water, salt, or snow, it’s less likely to corrode, meaning it will be able to produce a stronger chemical reaction and charge.

Practice Proper Maintenance

It’s essential to have your car regularly maintained by a professional. Mechanics can clear away dirt and debris that might cause corrosion. They can also check your battery to ensure it’s in good working order, and they can top off fluid levels if necessary.

Contact Us!

Contact us at Chatham Honda in Chatham, Ontario, for more information about winter battery tips. We’re happy to answer any other questions you have, and you can also schedule a maintenance appointment with our Service Centre.

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