Cold Weather = Poor Battery Function
Winters in Montana are cold – really cold. And cold is hard on automotive batteries. These batteries depend on chemical reactions to create power. Chemical reactions are slowed progressively as temperatures drop. This often leads to inadequate power for engine starting, which is why we see so many people getting jump started in the winter time. Avoid battery problems this winter. Clean battery contacts with a wire brush and emery cloth and then lightly grease them to prevent corrosion; tighten cable connections; fill with water if necessary – distilled water is best for your batteries; and charge as necessary. Consider a trickle charging system to maintain optimum battery power.