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What To Do If Your Car Won’t Start This Winter

What To Do If Your Car Won

Cold weather slows the chemical reaction inside car batteries, which can leave you stranded with a dead car battery in the middle of winter. If your car won’t start this winter, follow the steps below to get running again:   If you think your battery may be drained from sitting unused for several days, shut the car doors and turn off all accessories (such as the heater, radio and lights). This will maximize your starting power. However, if you have driven your car recently and it still won’t start, you may need to exercise the battery for a while before attempting to start the vehicle again.   To exercise your battery, turn the key to start and hold it for no longer than 10 seconds (because overworking the starter can cause it to overheat). If the engine doesn’t crank, wait

How to Avoid a Dead Car Battery This Winter

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There’s nothing worse on a cold winter’s day than getting in your car, turning the key in the ignition, and…nothing. The cold weather can wreak havoc on your car battery, because low temperatures slow the chemical reaction that occurs inside the battery. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything you can do to protect your battery from the cold. Follow the simple tips below to help avoid a dead car battery this winter: Install a Battery Blanket: A battery blanket is wrapped around the battery and fits inside the battery cover, with a cord running from the blanket to a wall outlet. The purpose of the battery blanket is to produce enough heat to keep the battery fluid from freezing. You can also mount a trickle charger on the battery to deliver power to the battery while the vehicle is

Road Trip Prep: Don’t End up with a Dead Car Battery

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Packing up the car for a road trip requires remembering a lot of things. Clothes, snacks and water, personal hygiene products, pillows, blankets and more will all likely be coming along for the ride. Hopefully your vehicle has all the space you’ll need to fit these items! But one thing that many folks forget to plan for before they pack up and set off is a dead car battery. Luckily, preparing for such an instance is an option, and hopefully once you hit the road you won’t have to give your car battery a second thought.   Get your vehicle checked out by a pro. If you are going to be covering significant miles in your vehicle, you will want to nip any potential problems in the bud. Getting a full inspection before you head out is your best chance against

Signs it’s Time to Dispose of your Battery

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If your battery is nearing the end of its life, the signs may not be obvious. If you are unsure of what qualities to be on the lookout for, you may have no idea that a battery replacement will be in your near future. Try inspecting your SLA batteries and looking for these warning signs that indicate your batteries may be on their way out. Broken or loose terminals Bulge in the case Cracks or openings Sulfation has occurred Can’t hold a charge   In addition to taking a close look at your batteries, there are a few tests you can run to determine whether or not there is hope for your battery. In order to perform the tests recommended by eHow.com, you’ll need a voltmeter and an SLA battery charger. First, test the voltage. The dial should be set

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