Winter Driving Tips: Check Your Battery – It’s The Heart of It All

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One of the parts of your car that you might wind up taking for granted is your battery. If your engine is the brain of your vehicle, then the battery is the heart, and it’s important to make sure that your heart stays healthy so check your battery.

Never at any time is this truer than it is in winter, which is when it’s arguably most imperative that your battery is in tip-top condition (lest you find yourself stranded out there in the cold). Fortunately, this very, very important thing is not terribly hard to do.

Winter’s colder weather is harder on your battery, which can make it exceedingly difficult to get your car started if your battery is nearing the end of its three- to five-year lifecycle. If at all possible, you can simply replace any old battery that might show signs of struggling and not have to really worry about it again for a few more years.

If it isn’t too old, or if you just want to save some money, then you may want to test your battery by charging it and making sure that all cables, posts, and fasteners are in good shape and well secured.

Another thing to do is to remove your battery cap—carefully, of course—and check its fluid levels. If it appears to be low, then you can fill it with distilled water.

If you’d like to get this service and any other pre-winter maintenance done quickly without having to brave the cold for yourself, come and see us at Lancaster Mazda!

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