Five ways to maintain your car's battery
"Car batteries are an essential part of an automobile. Factors like weather, battery type, age, and use can affect if your battery lasts a good amount of time or a long time."
Car batteries are an essential part of an automobile. Factors like weather, battery type, age, and use can affect if your battery lasts a good amount of time or a long time.
There are ways you can reduce wear on your battery and maintain your car’s battery health:
Turn off your vehicle
First and foremost – always turn off your vehicle and additional accessories.
As obvious as it may seem, don’t forget this step! Ensure that whenever you are checking into your battery and working with it, keep your vehicle completely turned off, along with your lights and all accessories.
This also goes for day-to-day – when your vehicle does not need to be running, keep it off – save your battery.
Keep it cool
While it may be difficult with some crazy high temperatures, we suggest that you try to park your vehicle in shaded or cooler areas whenever possible, versus in direct sunlight.
This will keep your battery as cool as possible. Believe it or not, heat can cause major damage to car batteries due to water loss as well as heat distortion.
Keep it clean
Keeping your car battery clean is key to ensuring its best possible performance.
You should be cleaning your battery cables and around the terminals regularly to prevent corrosion build-up and to help ensure that no external material falls into the battery when you open it.
If it’s too late and you already have corrosion built up on your battery, no need to worry.
To remove this build-up, believe it or not, you can use a very basic paste made of handy household items.
Coat and protect
To protect your battery from rust and corrosion, your best solution is to keep it coated.
You can use felt protectors for your terminals. We also suggest that you use a protector spray coating – this is essentially greased which is made for high temperatures.
Alternatively, many suggest the handyman approach of simply using good old Vaseline instead of a spray protector. You can test out both options and use whichever you prefer.
To keep your battery in top shape and to keep it charged, It is very tough to predict the life of any given battery.
The longer a car sits idle, the more a battery slowly but surely loses its charge.
The simplest solution to this is to drive your car regularly while making a point to drive distances of over 10km regularly.
Additionally, you can buy a standard car battery charger and charge it approximately every 2 months.
Just remember that like any battery, there is such thing as overcharging which can shorten its life.