Check car batteries this winter
WITH another icy morning freezing Rose City residents it is a timely reminder to make sure car batteries are up to the frosty winter.
East Side Tyre and Mechanical owner Brett Atkinson warned batteries need a lot more power to start the motor in the winter months.
“Your batteries have got to be up to their ultimate strength to get through the cooler months,” Mr Atkinson said.
The dropping temperatures can decrease the life of car batteries with the possibility of failing to start engines when residents most want to be snuggled up at home.
“If your battery is not maintained the cold weather will cause it to get weak,” he warned.
“A lot of batteries have lead acid in them and the fluids need to be checked as part of their maintenance.”
Most batteries have an inspection point on them and will have a light with different colours which represent how the battery is fairing.
Mr Atkinson said batteries can be load tested by bringing the car into a place that sells batteries and most workshops would offer this test free of charge.
Warning signs your battery may be close to its last days on the road are when the engine is slow to wind over and if there is a delay after the key is turned.
Most batteries have between 12 months and two years warranty and their general life expectancy is three to four years which can be longer if it is well-maintained.
“If the battery is well-maintained it will last longer,” he said. “If people do a lot of highway running it’s better for the battery as they charge for a longer time.”
Mr Atkinson said to maintain a healthy battery make sure it is charged regularly, if it is a lead acid battery have it checked for levels and if the battery doesn’t do a lot of charging take the car for an extended drive occasionally to give it a charge.
Mr Atkinson advised taking care of your car in the winter months will save residents money in the long run.