Is your vehicle ready for winter? Extremely cold temperatures are tough on your car’s battery, and unfortunately, that’s just something we have to deal with in Minnesota! It’s a good idea to check your battery before it gets cold to make sure it’s in good shape.

Because your vehicle requires more power to start when it’s cold out, you need to be able to rely on your battery. By checking your battery in the fall, you’ll know the condition it’s in and whether or not you need to replace it. If you have a multimeter, you can check it yourself—if not, bring your vehicle into the shop to have the battery tested. The technician will test the charge and check for any cracks or leaks.

When temperatures fall below thirty degrees, batteries start to have issues. If you are checking the battery yourself, look for corrosion on the posts or cable connections. You can scrub it off with a baking soda and water mixture, but it’s not a bad idea to bring it into the shop to be cleaned by professionals. Battery terminal protectors can also prevent corrosion, which can be purchased as sprays or pads.

Not only is a dead battery an inconvenience—it’s also a safety issue. We all know how cold our winters can get, and it’s dangerous to have a poorly functioning battery when the temperature starts dropping. If your battery dies, you won’t have any heat source, which can quickly become life-threatening.

Your car battery won’t always give signs that it’s dying, but sometimes you’ll be able to tell by a slow start-up. If this is happening before it’s even cold outside, your battery surely won’t last the winter.

It is possible for car batteries to freeze. In that case, don’t try to jumpstart it—if it has any bulges, cracks, or frost, call for help.

If you are in need of a new battery, bring your vehicle to Auto Works for a replacement. We’re the place your neighbors trust for auto repair! Give us a call at 651-578-1500 or schedule an appointment online today.