Is your battery ready for winter?

Don't be the one who gets caught out with a flat battery with the impending winter freeze!

For millions of motorists the first day of the winter freeze could, literally, get off to a bad start if they don't make sure their cars battery is ready for when they need it most.

Sudden cold temperatures can seriously affect a battery's performance. A battery that was working fine the day before can suddenly fail due to severe cold temperatures.

Another reason is short, stop start, journeys whereby the power taken out of the battery to start the car is not replenished because the distance travelled is too short to recharge the battery fully.

Also, the loss of power could spell the end for your battery, especially if it is getting old, as the power reduction could have dropped below the recoverable power level. This means no amount of re-charging will fully bring the battery back to life.

To make sure this does not happen to you follow these simple rules:

a) Have your battery checked to make sure it is holding power correctly & also to make sure it can withstand the cold temperatures of winter & the high temperatures of summer. (We recommend your battery is checked every 3 months)
b) Start your car & leave it running for at least 15 minutes or take it for a drive for at least a 30 minute to recharge the battery. Another way to maintain the battery would be to use a smart or trickle charger to keep the battery power levels maintained for those times when the car is not used & stood for long periods of time. 
c) Have your alternator checked (The alternator recharges the battery when the engine is running). If the alternator isn't putting enough power into the battery it could take months for this to come to light in summer. In winter this will happen quicker as the alternator also supplies power to the vehicles lights & other vehicle systems. 

If you are not sure how to check your battery or if you want to have your battery & alternator checked by us call into any of our centres and we will carry out the FREE checks for you.

While you're with us, we can also check (FREE of Charge) your tyre pressures & tyre condition, again to make sure your car is ready for winter.

Don't be the one who gets caught out this winter.

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jump starting a carIf you your car won't start you could get it started it with the use of jump leads (jump cables).

Before "jump starting" any car always refer to the vehicles handbook to make sure this method of starting your car is appropriate.

To jump start a car you will require a good set of jump leads and a second vehicle which has a good battery. (Another person to help you is also advisable but not essential)

1) Position the vehicles so both vehicle batteries are as close as possible.

 Attach the red jump lead cable to the positive (+) terminal on the flat battery 

 Attach black cable to the negative terminal of the flat battery (-) 
N.B. Make sure the opposite ends of the jump leads are not touching or even close to each other before attaching the leads to the ‘good' vehicle.

 Connect the other Red jump lead connector to the positive (+) terminal on the good battery 

 Connect the black jump lead connector to the negative terminal (-) on the good battery. 
N.B. When connecting the jump leads between the two vehicles make sure you are not in a position where you could be trapped between the two vehicles.

Once the two batteries are connected with the jump leads start the engine on the vehicle with the good battery & slightly increase the engine revs & hold the revs constant for a couple of minutes to put power into the flat battery. 

 With the good vehicle engine still running (preferably with constant increased engine revs), try to start the car with the flat battery.

If the vehicle doesn't start straightaway leave the good vehicles engine running (again with increased but constant engine revs) to put more power in the flat battery before trying to start the car again.

When the vehicle with the flat battery has started leave its engine running & disconnect the black lead on one car first followed by the red lead but make sure the connectors do not touch each other until the connectors on the other vehicle have been removed from the battery.

Leave the vehicle with the flat battery running for at least 15 minutes or take it for a drive for about 30 minutes to put as much power into the flat battery as possible.
Once the car has started we advise having the battery & alternator checked as soon as possible after starting the car this way to find out the cause of the problem.


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