Most of us don’t give much thought to our car battery — that is, until we discover our car won’t start. Here’s how to avoid finding yourself in that frustrating situation by properly maintaining your battery.
Get Regular Inspections
Periodically have your battery checked for signs of wear. Issues like corrosion on the terminals can hinder the electrical flow. If you notice any buildup, get it cleaned by a professional, or clean it yourself using a mixture of baking soda and water and an old toothbrush.
Keep it Clean and Dry
Moisture and dirt can damage your battery. Regularly wipe off any grime and ensure the battery and its surroundings are dry. Consider using a battery pad or an anti-corrosion spray.
Secure the Battery
A loose battery can vibrate, causing internal damage to the battery components. Make sure the battery is tightly secured in its bracket to prevent unnecessary movements during drives.
Take a Long Drive
Frequent short trips don’t give your battery enough time to charge fully. If possible, regularly take your vehicle for a longer drive to allow the alternator to recharge the battery adequately.
Insulate in Extreme Temperatures
Cold weather can drain your battery, and hot weather can cause fluids to evaporate. Insulating your battery in extreme temperatures can help it maintain a more stable temperature, prolonging its life. Check with your car mechanic to see if your car model comes with battery insulation and how to safely insulate it if it doesn’t.
Invest in a Battery Charger
If your vehicle is parked for an extended period, consider investing in a battery maintainer or trickle charger. These devices keep your battery charged without overcharging, ensuring it’s ready to go when you are.
Turn Off Lights and Accessories
We’ve all accidentally left on a car light and returned to a dead vehicle. Always double check that you’ve turned off all headlights, interior lights, and electronic accessories before turning off your engine.
Replace When Necessary
Even with the best care, car batteries have a finite lifespan. If you notice signs of a weak battery like slow engine crank, dim lights, or dashboard warning lights, it might be time for a replacement.
A well-maintained battery is crucial for starting your car and keeping it operating smoothly. Get your battery checked by the experts at Pearson Auto to ensure it’s in great shape. Make an appointment today.