Don’t Let Your Battery Leave You Out in the Cold
Get an Outrageously Dependable Interstate Battery!
Old Man Winter can be tough on any vehicle, but the battery, specifically, takes a beating. 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.
With cold weather right around the corner, Gale Kimbrough, Technical Services Manager with Interstate Batteries, recommends getting an outrageously dependable Interstate battery and offers the following battery winterizing tips so you aren’t left out in the cold.
“Dead batteries are very common this time of year and we want area residents to know how to prevent a stalled car. When temperatures become colder, turning over an engine can take up to twice as much current as needed under more favorable conditions and low temperatures can significantly decrease battery output,” Kimbrough said.
Expert Advice on Winterizing Your Battery
- Seek Professional Help—for your batteries, that is. These aren’t your typical AA batteries, so it’s important to have the battery and electrical system checked by a professional. Sometimes the naked eye cannot detect the presence of corrosion because it is hidden under the metal between the connection and the post.
- Protect Your Battery from Mr. Freeze. The cold weather can dramatically reduce a person’s energy level and it can do the same to a battery’s available starting power. It’s a good idea to have your car’s starting and charging system tested every six months.
- Charge It. Use a battery charger to maintain charge levels and keep the battery in good condition. According to Kimbrough, a fully charged battery will not freeze until -76°F; however, a fully discharged battery could start to freeze at 32°F.
- Small Maintenance Chores are Necessary. Preparing your car for the winter doesn’t end with the battery itself. You need to inspect your battery cables, posts, and fasteners. Make sure your cables are in good shape and are secured firmly to the battery.
To maximize protection against cold-weather conditions, now’s the time to make sure you not only winterize your battery, but your vehicle too.
Interstate Batteries recommends all vehicle owners ask a trained professional to check the following items for a safe winter:
- Replace worn windshield wipers every 12 months.
- Refill washer fluid often. Winterize with a 50/50 mix of washer fluid and water.
- Make sure the heater and defroster are in good working condition.
- Inspect all bulbs and lights for proper operation.
- Check condition of tires, including the spare.
- Measure your tire air pressure regularly.
- Change oil every 3,000 miles.
- Examine exhaust system for leaks.
- Flush and refill cooling system with a 50/50 mixture.
- Check drive belts, clamps and hoses.
If you live in an extremely cold region of the country, carry emergency gear such as gloves, boots, tire chains, battery booster pack, cell phone, blankets, flares, flashlight and some high-energy, non-perishable snacks.