Winter battery advice from Bosch

The first Bosch battery was produced in 1922 in Stuttgart, Germany. With its wide range of powerful batteries, Bosch claims it is a reliable partner for every journey, even in the winter, and says now is the time to check those batteries.

According to statistics from the Auto Club Europe (ACE), problems with the battery have again proved to be the most common cause of car breakdowns. The extensive equipment of modern vehicles with many electrical consumers has enormously increased the stress on batteries.

The consumption of air conditioning, seat heating, rear window heating, start/stop systems, driver assistance systems plus, servo assistance of steering and brakes, is nowadays far above what the alternator can deliver.

In this situation, the car battery bridges the lack of energy. In addition, the battery is by repeatedly charging and discharging – for example on short distances – cyclically extremely stressed. Therefore, workshops should check the battery during the workshop visit. If necessary, the battery can quickly be charged or replaced.

In the cold and humid season vehicle batteries are additionally burdened. Low temperatures can reduce their capacity. Winter is also a period of increased power consumption. In fact rear window and seat heating, lighting system and fan often run simultaneously and at the highest level. During a winter check, the mechanic will quickly find out if a weakened battery has to be replaced.

When choosing a new battery, it is important to consider its performance and service life. With its S3, S4, S5, S4 E(2) and S5 A(3) battery types, Bosch says workshops have a wide selection to choose from. In addition, using the universal battery charger BAT 645, the workshops can reliably charge and test all types of lead-acid batteries.