This year is passing by quickly, and the cold weather is just around the corner. Now is the time to check your car battery to be sure that it is ready for the cold temperatures because the winter season is the most likely time for a car or truck battery to die. Contrary to what most believe, cold weather is not the culprit that kills car batteries. Summer’s excessive heat is harsher on car batteries than cold weather, though freezing temperatures can certainly contribute to shortening your battery’s life. Oftentimes, waiting until the deep freeze of winter to replace your battery is too late. Cold weather could pretty much make that heat worn battery “dead on arrival.”
How Long Do Car Batteries Last?
Typically, new car batteries last between 4 to 6 years but that can vary depending on climate, corrosion build up and lack of car maintenance.
Preventative Maintenance for Your Car Battery
While car batteries shouldn’t be changed from season to season, some batteries do tend to perform better in certain climates. Your friends at Poston Motor Company are familiar with the variety of batteries are always available to help with any preventative maintenance.
The following are a few tips to help you the hassle of a dead battery by taking these precautions during colder months:
1. Get your car battery tested when the temperature starts to drop. Car or truck batteries that are four years old or older are at a high risk of failing in colder temperatures.
2. Keep jumper cables in your vehicle. Jumper cables are compact and incredibly handy if you or a friend is stranded with a dead car battery.
3. Buy the best replacement battery recommended by auto mechanic professionals. If you’re not a fan of surprises, replace your old car battery with a new battery that’s the best battery for your vehicle. As the old saying goes, you often get what you pay for. Be sure to get the best and most durable battery for the money. Our team at Poston can help with this recommendation.
4. Stay informed. When you know how your car works, you can better take care of it. If you have questions about your car’s battery life or how to replace a car battery, be sure to ask us. We have the technology and the resources to provide you with any information you might need regarding your car battery.
If you have questions regarding your car’s battery life or any car maintenance questions in general, our friendly and knowledgeable staff at Poston is available to help. Come by or call us today to set up an appointment for a scheduled maintenance appointment. Now is the time to take care of your vehicle before it leaves you stranded on the side of the road.