How To Keep Your Battery Safe In The Freezing Temperatures

November 27, 2019 11:17 am Published by

The freezing weather of winter is extremely tough on your car, and if you are not prepared to deal with these difficulties, you could find yourself stranded in the snow. From your engine to your electronics, every aspect of your car is affected heavily by the cold temperatures. One of the components most affected by the freezing temperatures is your battery. If it has been a few years since you have had your battery changed out, you need to get your battery tested to see if it can still hold a charge through the cold weather. If you need a new battery or are looking for any other components for your DIY projects, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get all the parts you need for the best prices in town.

Park Your Car In the Garage

This should come as no surprise, but even if you have a fully unheated and uninsulated garage; it is still substantially warmer than being directly outside. On average, most uninsulated garages remain about 15-20 degrees warmer than the temperature outside. That slight temperature difference makes it much easier on your car when you start up the engine in the morning. If it is extremely cold where you live you can even plug in an electric battery blanket to ensure that you have no difficulty with starting your car in the morning.

Give Your Car A Few Minutes To Warm Up

It may be tempting when you start up your car in the morning to turn on your radio, blast your heat, and turn your lights on, but all of these systems are extremely taxing on your car’s electrical system. On particularly cold mornings, it is recommended that you let your car run for at least a few minutes before you turn on any other systems. This will give your alternator a chance to fully charge your battery and for your engine to warm up sufficiently. After a few quick minutes, your car should be ready for you to fire up any system you want to and to drive off without any issues.

Keep Your Battery Clean

Dirt, grime, muck, and corrosion on your battery act as resistance barriers and make it much more difficult for your battery to send the right electrical signals to the right systems. Combine this with the fact that the cold temperatures of winter increase electrical resistance and thicken your engine oil, and you could find yourself having a hard time to get your car to start at all. If you have noticed any white flour-like powder on by your battery’s terminals, you probably have corrosion. You can easily clean off this corrosion with baking soda, water, a toothbrush, and a damp cloth. Once you have cleaned off the corrosion, you can apply petroleum jelly to the terminals to keep away any future corrosion.

If you haven’t checked your battery’s charge this year, there is no time like the present. Come into your local U Pull And Pay to get all the tips you need for any DIY project you want to tackle this year. Our elite team will help you find the perfect parts, from batteries to tires, at unbeatable prices.

 

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This post was written by Jonathan Kling