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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Is Your Battery Ready For another Cold Winter!

October 30, 2013

With winter fast approaching and predictions of another cold and miserable winter, is your battery ready for the challenge of winter starting. It is a proven fact in most cases, that your battery will lose 33 percent of its power when the temperature dips below freezing, and over 50 percent when it falls below zero.

Keep these facts in mind, you need a battery that will provide you with painless and peace of mind, no one needs to be stranded in no man's land. With colder temperatures, it will take up twice the amount of current need in favourable conditions.

Some Advice on how to Winterizing Your Battery:

-Get Professional opinion on the condition of your battery, the naked eye is not always able to look for for corrosion that is hidden under the metal between the connection and terminal.

-Never allow your battery to give in to old man winter, why you should always have your charging system tested at least every six months.

-Charge your battery so it can maintain a proper charging level, with a fully charged battery there is a good chance your battery will with stand the temperature to at least -40 Celsius.

-You should also check the battery posts, fasteners, making sure there is an above average connection, and secured properly to the battery.

Check List for Peace of Mind Weatherization:

Now is the time to fully check your vehicle to meet and exceed winter driving, now just only your battery. Some helpful tips on what you should check and replace if needed.

-Check and replace windshield wipers every 12 months.
-Check windshield fluid weekly or as need, use a 50/50 combination washer fluid and water.
-Check and make sure defroster and heater are working to there capabilities.
-Check all your bulbs, lights and are working properly.
-Check your tire pressure at least once a week, check inside the drivers door for proper PSI.
-Change you oil at every 5,000 km or 3,000 miles.
-Check your exhaust system for any leaks.
-You should also perform a flush on your cooling system and add new fluid at a 50/50 ratio.
-Check all your belts, clamps and hoses.

You should also invest in an emergency kit, so in case you do break down you have the necessary items to get you back on the road. Such as a battery booster pack, cell phone, blankets, flash-light and some high energy snack bars.  

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