Winter is the toughest time of year for car batteries, and many motorists are left chilly and stranded as a result of the cold weather’s effect on them. If you want your Volkswagon to survive the frigid Maryland winter months, here are some of the best ways to help a car battery fight its way through.
Set Yourself Up for Success
First, you should start with the right equipment! Purchase a high-quality charger that is capable of recharging your battery as needed. A nice charger will cost much less than replacing your battery every single winter. Ideally, purchase a charger that has a float, storage, and maintenance mode. These are great for storing your Volkswagon for long periods of time or keeping the battery in good shape during the winter months.
Check the Battery
Before you worry about recharging the battery, make sure that everything is in good condition. If there are any worn parts or if there is any corrosion, have caution and consider replacing the battery instead of attempting to charge it. Apply a small amount of dielectric grease to stop corrosion and add the alligator clips to the battery, remembering that black is negative and red is positive.
Test and Charge
Next, add your charger or tender to your vehicle. At first, it might remain in charge mode for a few days before switching to storage or maintenance mode. If you aren’t sure whether or not it’s working, use a multimeter set to voltage to see what’s going on. Most tenders charge a 12-volt battery to approximately 14 ½ volts, but some will leave it only at 12.6. If the multimeter measures a voltage lower than that, see if there is a problem with your battery or your charger.
If You Don’t Want to Charge It
If none of the above options are appealing to you, you can always take your car battery out and bring things inside. It will still slowly discharge while your car isn’t’ getting used, but in a smaller amount than it would sitting in the garage. If you want to leave the battery on a charger, place it in the garage so that there isn’t a problem with hydrogen gas discharge.
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