Guess what’s just around the corner? I don’t even want to say the words win…ter. After the winter we had this year in Philly, I don’t want to hear the words winter, snow, or ice for 5 years. Ok, I like the word Christmas. But after that, I want to go straight to flowers blooming, bees buzzing, and no bulky jackets!
However (eye roll), I’ll be in Philly for the 2014-2015 winter season unless I win the lottery tonight. I need to get my VW Jetta, Alex (That’s what I call her. It’s short for Alexandria.) ready for winter, even if I’m not. I thought we could do it together! Over the next few weeks I will be giving winter car care tips to get Alex and your car ready for a cold stormy winter. Here’s to hoping it’s not a cold stormy winter, but if it is… here’s the first tip!
Guess who else doesn’t like the cold? Batteries, the heart of your car, hate to start when it is cold, especially when they are old!
Batteries last about 5 years with the majority of them dying before their 5th birthday. So, if you know your battery is getting to the 4-5 year age it would be best to get your battery replaced before it gets too cold outside. The last thing you want is to come outside on a cold winter morning, running late for work, and your car won’t start! Oh, it has happened to me.
There are often signs your battery is dying. If the lights on your car’s headlights are dimmer than normal or your car is sluggish to start when you turn the ignition, your battery is probably getting old and will need to be replaced. Most repair shops have a battery tester that easily evaluates if you car’s battery is on its way out.
Remember, your car’s battery is rechargeable and all rechargeable batteries eventually become nonchargeable. If you wait too long to replace the battery, a simple jump start from another car or a battery booster will not start the car because the battery has become nonchargeable. You will either need to have someone come to the car and replace the battery — $, or tow the car to a repair shop –$$. This too has happened to me.
My girl Alex is just turning 4 years old this year. She has the original battery that came with her! Tomorrow, at the shop, I’m going to check Alex’s battery for charge. If it is low, I will be replacing it!
If you are in the Philadelphia area and would like to bring your car to me to check the battery or perform any other maintenance needs or if you have any questions about batteries email me: email@example.com! xxxoooRelated Articles Defibrillate Your Battery – Why Do Cars Need A Jump Start Everyone Should Know How To Jump Start A Car Warm Up The Car On These Cold Winter Mornings? Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That!