12 Car-Prep Tips for Winter Driving — Is Your Ride Ready?

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience© Perry Stern, Automotive Content Experience
Battery Care
Battery performance can be hindered by cold weather, and a previously borderline battery can quickly become unable to crank an engine in chillier temperatures. The first order of business is ensuring a battery’s power has a clear path to the starter. Battery terminals should be inspected for corrosion. If present, applying a 50/50 solution of baking soda and water and a quick scrub with a small, stiff brush will clean up corrosion. Also be sure terminal-to-post connections are tight. You also may want to check the battery voltage and charging system. In many cases this testing can be done for free at local repair outlets and auto parts stores. If a battery cannot hold sufficient charge, it is time for a replacement.

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