Winter season can be harsh and freezing for both humans and machines. Cars, especially their batteries suffer a lot of damage during harsh cold conditions when temperatures are below the freezing point.
With the polar vortex currently sweeping the northern and middle regions of the country, it has become a big concern for the car owners to keep the batteries of their cars alive because the best way to discharge a car battery is not operating a car and in these harsh conditions, no one can drive a car regularly, plus the temperatures can also freeze the batteries which are very concerning for the owners.
This article is dedicated to helping you find ways that can work successfully in preventing your car batteries from getting soiled and frozen due to such polar temperatures.
Below given is a list of the best and the easiest methods that you can employ to ensure that your car battery survives these winters.
1. Buy quality equipment
Buying a car battery charger is way too cheap than buying a car battery every year, so it is recommended that you use good and quality certified battery chargers to ensure that the battery doesn’t get discharged when outside the car and not running.
One quality equipment recommended for long storage purposes like the winters is known as Battery Tenders which is manufactured by a company known as Kleenex. The Battery Tender by Kleenex has an intelligent circuitry inside to cycle which switches on and off and keeps the battery at the right level of charge and ensures that it doesn’t get overcharged.
2. Prepare the battery before connecting to the charger
Before attaching the cables to the wires, keep in mind to check the terminals and cables for any corrosion and worn parts. Grease the parts, ensure there is no further scope of corrosion and protect your battery.
If you can’t run the battery without the hood off then be sure that there are no bulbs on. Off everything to ensure them from burning out prematurely.
3. Charge and Test
Charge the batteries and then start up to test them. When the car starts up, the tender should be in its charge mode for a couple of days and then it should go to storage mode which is signified by a light on the tender. A typical tender lets a 12-volt battery charger to 14.4 volts and doesn’t let it go below 12.6 volts. If there is a charge that is less than that after the initial charge up then it indicates a problem with either charger or the battery itself.
4. Some Alternatives
There are some alternatives like keeping the battery charged in the garage where it is not freezing or put plastic or wood between the floor and battery to slow the discharge or you can just charge it inside your car.
Following the above techniques will make it easier for you to preserve your battery for the next season and which in turn saves your money. Although there isn’t any easy solution to this problem, the ones given above are the easiest to execute.