A BAD BATTERY MEANS ACID INDEGESTION THIS WINTER

A BAD BATTERY MEANS ACID INDEGESTION THIS WINTER
A BAD BATTERY MEANS ACID INDEGESTION THIS WINTER

There’s a checklist many people follow when it’s time to winterize their car:

• Refilling or replacing all fluids

• Checking tire pressure and filling when necessary, rotating them if it’s time, or replacing them with snow tires

• Packing an emergency kit geared for winter weather

• Checking the battery and replacing it if it’s bad

This last item on the list can cause a massive amount of hassle if left unchecked. Perhaps your engine has been struggling to turn over the past couple weeks, but you’ve still managed to get to where you need to be. The truth of the matter is that if it’s cranking slowly now, it’s sure to die come winter because battery capacity diminishes the colder it is outside. Its power is dependent on chemical reactions that cannot occur when the temperatures drop and stay consistently low. Although it could happen that your car simply doesn’t start in the morning and you can’t back out of your garage, you don’t want to run the risk of being stranded outside in the middle of a blizzard.

Remember: the cost of calling a tow truck to come get your car and haul it home or to the shop is less than the cost of a new battery – and far less stressful, too.