Make sure your car battery doesn’t let you down this winter

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The cold weather is tough on car batteries, but when motorists add up all the additional demands placed on them during the winter months it is no wonder so many just die and leave vehicle owners stranded.

There are the usual suspects, the lights, heater, even the heated windscreens and seat warmers, add to those satnav’s and smart phones and it is clear to see how much energy is being sapped from overworked car batteries.

The shelf-life for a car battery is around five years and after that it cannot be relied upon to get vehicles started on cold mornings. There are tell-tale signs to look out for that indicate a car battery is on its last legs, for example, sluggish starting and dimmer lights when the engine turns over, both of which should prompt motorists to order a replacement.

To give a car battery a helping hand and prolong its life motorists should make sure they turn off all unnecessary functions and accessories before turning the key in the ignition. The radio, fan, even windscreen wipers, all drain the voltage and can be switched on once the engine is running.

etyres supply a wide range of car batteries to suit all budgets and its mobile service means its fitters will travel to install a new car battery wherever the car is stranded.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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