3 things you should know about your car battery

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Keep your car running this winter

Automotive batteries can fail when the temperature falls below zero, leaving you late for work or stuck waiting for help. Dr. Eberhard Meissner, battery expert at Johnson Controls, says three simple things can keep you on the road this winter.

1. Avoid starting problems – Test your car battery
When it’s cold and damp your vehicle uses more power, putting stress on the battery and in some instances, causes it to fail. Just like seasonally testing your lights and changing to winter tires, drivers should also remember to have their battery checked. Whether your vehicle is new or old, a simple test at a workshop, parts dealer or automobile club can determine whether your battery will survive the winter. The best part? At most places, the test is free of charge.
Just like seasonally testing your lights and changing to winter tires, drivers should also remember to have their battery checked.
2. Battery replacement – Leave it to the professionals
Changing a battery used to be easy: turn off the engine, loosen the terminal clamps, replace the battery, fasten the terminal clamps – job done. Now, it’s not so simple anymore. Batteries are part of a complex electrical system, powering a wide range of comfort and fuel-saving functions such as air conditioning, seat heaters and Start-Stop systems. Also, the battery is no longer easily accessible under the hood, but may be installed in the trunk or under a seat. Because of this, special tools and expertise are needed to replace your vehicle’s battery. Contact your workshop to ensure a problem-free and safe replacement.

3. Choose the right replacement battery
Not every battery fits with every vehicle. One that is too small might not start your car or power all the electrical components. Fuel-saving Start-Stop vehicles might not function correctly with the wrong battery. They need technology labeled as "AGM" or "EFB". It’s best to follow the original specifications from the car manufacturer. Workshops or automobile experts can help you to make the right battery replacement choice.
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