Ice pummels the road; snow floods the sidewalks; and temperatures quickly fall, leaving wet air in their wake. Winter has come and drivers across New Westminster share a collective groan.
Their batteries, however, remain silent.
Cold weather destroyscar batteries, seeping into systems and interfering with connectivity. Power outputs drop significantly, and charge levels fail to rise. This creates unresponsive engines.
Key West Ford reminds drivers to have their batteries regularly - and properly - serviced this season. Replace ones that are over three years old, as these are more than twice as likely to malfunction. Have power outputs tested. Check clamps for signs of corrosion, and be certain that there’s no parasitic draw.
Parasitic draw occurs when electrical systems remain active after a vehicle's ignition has been turned off. Newer models often maintain their charges, keeping hood lights, trunk lights, heated seats and other functions on. This can significantly impact batteries and cause performance issues. Drivers who suspect this problem should contact Key West Ford for a thorough inspection.
Batteries often fail during the winter. Use these suggestions to protect them against the cold.