As spring is back and sub-zero temperatures and inclement weather seem to be behind us, however, we are never safe from a battery failure. According to a recent study carried out by the German automobile club AvD, this small inconvenience concerns one in two requests for assistance from our neighbors across the Rhine. Indeed, this type of failure would arrive at the top of the standings, ahead of steering, chassis and brake problems, as well as those related to the engine. However, it is quite possible to prevent this little hassle, the risks of which increase with the frequency of short trips, which pump energy from the battery without it having time to recharge. Auto-Moto gives you all its advice and simple actions to avoid breakdown and be able to start calmly throughout the year!
First of all, the best is still to park your car warm and sheltered from the elements, if this is obviously possible. If necessary, you can put a cover on the hood, or install an insulating floor covering, so that the cold gets as little as possible into the engine. If the temperatures are really too low, feel free to recharge your battery every two or three days, driving at least 25 kilometers without stopping. On the other hand, it is completely unnecessary to run your car while stationary, as this will only waste fuel. Also remember to take a look at the side of the pods, which can get dirty. You just need to scrape them with a wire brush. Finally, at the slightest sign of weakness, such as difficulty starting, it is imperative to have the condition of your battery checked with a mechanic, who can then advise you to replace it if necessary. Do not hesitate to do so, in order to avoid the risk of having to call a convenience store when you need to leave your home.
What to do in the event of extreme cold?
First of all, you should know that a battery must be charged to 75% to be able to start. While this does not pose any particular problems when the temperatures are mild, the cold tends to reduce its capacity, which can then quickly bring it below the fateful bar, especially on older devices. But don’t panic, there are a few tips that can help you. First of all, close the doors well and turn off all accessories, whether radio, air conditioning or the fires, because they also pump on the battery. This might sound trivial, but can make a big difference when starting up when the charge level is very low. Then turn the key and leave it there for up to twenty seconds, without using too much force to avoid damaging the engine. Finally, in case of failure, you can start over by keeping the clutch pedal engaged. Make several short tests rather than one very long, so as not to damage the mechanics.
If your vehicle categorically refuses to start, you can attempt to restart it by using a charger if you have one, you will need to plug it into the mains for at least 10 hours. You can also try to use another car and a cable, which you find someone who can help you. Then all you have to do is plug in the two vehicles and wait a few seconds before trying to start the one that has broken down. If this works, you will then have to drive about 25 kilometers without stopping to sufficiently recharge the battery. On the other hand, if the car still does not start, a quick phone call to your assistance will quickly solve the problem!
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