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How to Avoid a Dead Medford Car Battery this Winter: Auto Repair Services at Crater Lake Ford

Posted by Michael W. Frame on Oct 17, 2017

Winter Service Medford OR

The calendar may only say October, but we all know that winter will be here sooner than we think. To be prepared for the change in weather, you’ll most likely invest in some warm coats, boots, and gloves.  

You’re ready to take on winter, but what about your Medford vehicle?

Unfortunately, many people experience dead car batteries during the winter months, without realizing that many of these unfortunate incidents could be prevented with proper vehicle maintenance.

Take a look at the four things you need to do in order to prevent getting caught in the cold with a dead vehicle battery. In addition, learn how Medford Ford will check your vehicle’s battery, charging system, terminals, and cables for FREE when you schedule an oil change Medford or a Medford auto service.


Four Tips to Preventing Dead Medford Car Batteries

Cold temperatures can affect the performance of car batteries, no matter the quality level. Read these four tips to preventing dead car batteries this winter.   

1. Check the Age of Your Battery

If your battery is old, it may be the time for a replacement. Typically, vehicle batteries may last anywhere from five to 10 years.

If it’s been several years since your Medford vehicle received a new battery, bring it into the service department at Medford Ford to discuss investing in a new battery.

Don’t wait until your vehicle no longer starts, invest in a new battery now so you don’t suffer the consequences later.

2. Minimize the Use of Automotive Accessories

It’s easy to crank on the heat the second you turn the ignition to start your vehicle on a cold day, but did you know this action can damage your vehicle’s battery?

Try to refrain from starting your car with the heater and radio turned on. Both the heater and radio use up the power that comes from your vehicle’s alternator and prevent the vehicle from charging.

When the alternator doesn’t receive enough power, it is unable to charge both the vehicle’s battery and power the electrical systems, resulting in a dead battery.

3. Install a Battery Blanket

On a cold day, many of us warm up with a blanket wrapped around us. This can also be true for a car battery!

Purchase an electric battery blanket to insulate your battery when temperatures begin to dip down. These battery blankets help to prevent your battery’s fluid from freezing. Most battery blankets range in price from $20-$50 and can be found online or at your local auto parts store.

Want to learn more about battery blankets? Schedule a winter prep service to learn how battery blankets can prevent dead batteries.

4. Regularly Service Your Medford Vehicle

Dead batteries often occur with little warning. Getting into the habit of regularly servicing your vehicle will give the service professionals a better idea of potential areas of concern for Medford car, truck, or SUV.

The more you schedule an oil change Medford and routine vehicle checkups, the better prepared your vehicle will be for the Oregon winter.


Get Major Savings Off a Winter Service at Medford Ford

At your local Medford Ford dealer, we’re here to help you and your vehicle feel prepared to handle anything this winter.

Are you searching for things like: oil change Medford, tires Medford Oregon, car battery replacement Medford, etc.? If so, schedule a service with the auto winter weather experts at Medford Ford.

Need an extra incentive to schedule a winter prep service? Going on now at Medford Ford, we’ll test your vehicle’s battery, charging system, terminals, and cables for FREE!

We want to help Medford drivers feel safe and avoid car problems on the winter roads. That’s why we’re checking all of these aspects of your vehicle at no cost to you.

If we find something that needs attention, we’ll let you know and can discuss your best options for fixing and replacing the issue right then and there.

Avoid a major car disaster this winter. Schedule your winter prep service today!


Topics: Auto Maintenance Tips

Written by Michael W. Frame