A flat car battery is one of the most common reasons for breakdown calls in the UK. This problem becomes even more frequent during cold weather. This is because the majority of car batteries keep their charge using a solution that is affected by temperature changes. Despite it taking very low temperatures to freeze a battery, cold weather can still reduce the solution’s ability to give full power. This is the reason why you are likely to have trouble starting your car in the winter months.
In this article, we can give you some tips on how to look after your car during cold weather. We will also give you our expert advice on what to do if you get a flat battery.
How to Notice a Flat Battery
There are many different warning signs for a flat battery. If there is no noise when you turn the ignition key, or if there is a faint whining noise but the motor does not start, then your battery may be flat. Other signs include the ignition lights on your dashboard not coming on, or not being able to unlock your car by remote central locking.
However, these signs could also be other issues. Your car may have a faulty alternator or starter motor. If your new battery keeps going flat then it could be your alternator, as flickering dashboard lights also point to this problem. Furthermore, if it is your starter motor then you should hear a clicking noise when you turn the ignition key. If are unsure of your problem, then contact us today to get your car checked by a technician.
Protecting Your Car Battery in Winter
There are some steps that you can take to protect your car battery during winter. Firstly, if you can keep your car in a garage, make sure to do so. We also advise charging your battery weekly if you regularly take short trips, and to do this especially if your battery is over three years old.
To save power, make sure to turn off all power loads before you switch off the engine. This includes wiper blades, lights, the radio and heaters. It is a good idea to avoid using your heaters, heated seats and screens when you don’t need to. It is also important to know that if you forget to disconnect them, some in-car Sat Navs and DVD players can drain your battery. Paying attention to these things can save you a lot of power, so always double check that you have not left anything on when you leave your vehicle.
Car Battery Replacement Exeter
Batteries tend to become weaker as the age, and if you find yours is not holding its charge, then it is time to get a new one. If you need a car battery replacement in Exeter, Newton Abbot, Torquay or Paignton, then contact our professional and fully equipped garage today.