What do you do when the temperature drops and your car won’t start…

The cold, damp weather plays havoc on car batteries. Older, weaker batteries will generally already have reduced performance so the cold temperatures will often drastically reduce this further. Often to the point where the battery will discharge or go flat very quickly. Inevitably you are in a hurry and need to get moving fast! This is when you can attempt to  jump start your car . When you do not have access to jump cables and another vehicle this is where Jump Starter Power Booster Pack comes to the rescue.

Powered by lithium-ion technology and fully protected against reverse charging and overload. This powerful 12V jump starter pack benefits from being a compact, lightweight unit that also provides high power output for starting cars, vans and light commercials. Li-ion batteries have numerous advantages over lead acid, including a flat discharge curve, this ensures a greater and extended performance and holds the charge for up to five times longer with high energy density levels giving more battery power per gram.

 

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This Heavy-duty starter/charger is ideal for professional garages, workshops, forecourts and body shops. Suitable for any 12v or 24v vehicle.

Vehicle electrical systems have to work a lot harder at this time of year and starter motors require all the current they can get to start the engine on cold mornings. Cold temperatures affect the chemical process inside the battery that produces and stores electricity, effectively slowing it down and reducing the battery’s ability to hold the charge.

If you are using your car regularly for short trips, it may be worth charging your battery at least once a week during the winter months, particularly if it is more than a few years old.

If you are finding that the battery isn’t holding a charge very well at all then it might be time to replace it!

Ways to protect your battery during the winter?

✓ Switch off all loads including lights, wipers, heater etc before switching off your engine at the end of your journey.

✓ Check that everything is switched off before turning the ignition on

✓ Avoid using heaters, heated screens and seats for longer than required as they put high demands on the vehicle’s battery.

✓ Check that there are no interior lights, including boot lights, left on or any accessories such as phone chargers  left connected

✓ Park your vehicle in a garage if you are able to, especially in very cold temperatures

✓ Get your battery properly tested, particularly if it is over three years old.

Read our recent blog: Frosty Morning Essentials for more cold winter morning tips!

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3 comments on “What do you do when the temperature drops and your car won’t start…
  1. Jed says:

    Some great tips there especially useful for us Land Rover owners. Hopefully we will get some of the white stuff this year to have a play in!

  2. Mike Pitt says:

    I have always pushed the clutch pedal down so there is no extra load during cold start. Is it a myth or is it a benefit?

    • James says:

      Hi Mike, Yes that is a very good idea and a good tip to pass on to others. Pushing the clutch pedal down puts less strain on the starter motor and battery as you are not trying to turn the gearbox over too, just the engine. There are safety benefits too if it was left in gear, depressing the clutch would mean there is no chance of the car moving when started.

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