5 Tips to help extend a car battery’s life

The most common reason why your car won’t start is a dead car battery. If the battery is not charged sufficiently, you won’t be able to start the car or use any electrical components.

It’s the one thing you want to avoid on a gloomy winter morning.

Car batteries are an essential part of a vehicle, that’s why properly taking care of the car battery can help keep it running.  

Our 5 tips to help extend your car battery’s life:

  1. Ensure your battery is properly secured

Make sure the car battery is always fastened securely. This helps prevent it from vibrating which can cause short circuits and internal damage.

  1. Don’t turn on the accessories before you start the engine

Operating internal and external lights, radio, and other electronics when the car engine is off may drain just enough power to prevent the engine from starting. It also puts unnecessary pressure on the battery and can damage it in the long run.

  1. Don’t leave the car lights on all night

There’s nothing worse than discharged battery because you forgot to turn the internal and external lights off the night before. It happens more times than we want to admit! The lights will drain your battery overnight.

  1. Keep it clean

Car batteries work better when they are free of dust and dirt. Clean up the signs of acid or corrosion build-up around the terminals.

  1. Don’t leave your car unused for long periods

It’s not good if your car sits unused in the driveway or in a garage.  Almost all modern cars drain the battery to some degree when they are not used.

Try not to take too many short journeys, since the batteries only begin to recharge every 30 or 35 kilometres. Instead, take extended trips on a regular basis to help the battery regain a full charge.

Extra tip: Take your car to a professional to test the car battery voltage to ensure it is within normal working parameters.

 

Need help?

Here at First Stop Tyre and Car Services, our professional mechanics will perform a FREE battery health check.

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