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Winter battery care

A weak or faulty battery it’ll be found out during winter

When icy winter temperatures kick in there’s pretty much nothing in your car as dramatically affected as your car’s battery. Each year, when temperatures creep below zero, our Patrols are called to a slew of flat and failed batteries that couldn’t take the cold. Simply put, chances are if you have a weak or faulty battery it’ll be found out during winter.

To avoid running the risk of an untimely breakdown thanks to a clapped out battery or having to buy a new one prematurely, Head of AA Rescue, Noel Keogh offers the following advice:

Give your battery a chance!

  • If feasible do regular long runs in your car as it could double your battery’s life.
  • Make sure everything electrical is turned off to help take some load off the starter motor and, in turn, the battery.
  • Check your battery connections for any signs of corrosion as well as to make sure that they are not loose.
  • Keep your battery clean and dry otherwise you may lose out on some of the battery’s power.
  • Check fluid levels in your battery unless it’s sealed. It will need topping up if too low or empty. Refer to your vehicle manufacturer’s handbook for further instructions on this.
  • The average life span of a car battery is between 4 and 5 years. If your car struggles to start and your battery is more than five years old, it’s on borrowed time, so get it replaced. It’s better to be done at your convenience than as a roadside emergency.
  • If you have a garage it’s a good idea during colder weather to park your car in it at night as it’ll help to prevent your battery from freezing solid.

AA Battery Assistance

To help all motorists, the AA can now fit a battery on the spot at any time both in non-breakdown and breakdown situations for AA Members.

AA patrols are fully qualified and the AA has invested €53,000 in state-of-the-art battery testing equipment for its patrols that provides a quick and accurate diagnosis of a battery’s health. All the batteries that the AA removes at the roadside are taken back for recycling.

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