Winter battery care
No one likes getting up on a cold frosty morning, least of all your car. Starting your car in the cold may cause it to suffer from hard starting and excessive cranking which has a huge effect on the motor and electrical system.
The best way to avoid your car not starting in the morning is to:
Keep your car in the garage.
This will protect it from the cold. Starting will be a lot easier, putting less strain on the battery.
Make sure the battery is not loose.
Vibration can cause damage to battery case and plates. Ensure terminals are cleaned regularly during every major service.
Ensure your battery water level is always topped up.
If you have a 'Standard' or 'Low Maintenance' battery, you should remove the filter caps and check the water level every month. Make sure it is topped up with distilled water to just above the plates. Mop up any spillage.
Listen for early warning sounds.
One of the most common signs of a weak battery is slow cranking when you start the car. If this happens contact a battery specialist.
Check the age of your battery.
Older car batteries are less likely to start your car in the winter. If your battery is more than three years old, it may need replacing.