Hey everyone! Adam here from AllTerrain Depot bringing you another expert tip! This week we'll discuss cold weather, and what it does to batteries, and how to lessen the effects.

It's already starting to cool down in the midwest, so its the perfect time to discuss cool weather battery maintenance. Nothing is more irritating than turning the ignition key, and getting the dreaded dead battery no start. Here's a few tips to keep you from experiencing that irritation!

Tip #1: If you don't have a sealed battery, make sure the fluids are at the optimal level. 

Tip #2: Make sure your battery terminals are clean from corrosion. Many people do not realize that corrosion on the battery connections can cause your vehicle not to start. Clean, and treat battery terminals with an anti-corrosion battery safe grease or lubricant. Dielectric grease is your best bet, but in a pinch you can use WD-40, or a similar electrical safe spray or lube. 

Tip #3: Use a battery maintainer (also known as a battery tender). Cold weather lessens the performance of batteries, even with properly maintained and newer batteries. Engines also take longer to start in the cold, and can drain a battery quicker due to increased cranking time. A battery maintainer will keep your battery at the proper peak voltage, so you can get that engine running. 

Tip# 4: Know your battery! I can't stress the importance of this enough. Chargers/Maintainers are not universal, and cannot be used on types of batteries that they are not designed for. For example: using a lead acid battery maintainer on a lithium battery can explode the battery, and cause severe damage to your property, or people, and in extreme cases or fires, it can even cause death. Improper battery charging is responsible for many fires in the U.S. every year. Be safe, and use charging equipment for its intended purpose.

We hope you found these tips helpful. Do you have a question you would like answered? Email us and yours could be the next featured topic! Be on the lookout for more helpful tips coming soon.


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