Car batteries are essential components of every vehicle; without them, our cars wouldn't start. However, most car owners don't give much thought to their car batteries until they fail, leaving them stranded and needing a jump start or tow. To avoid a major inconvenience, you need to understand how to take care of your car battery to extend its life and avoid unexpected breakdowns.
Here are some tips to help you make your car battery last longer:
Keep your battery terminals clean: Over time, corrosion can build up on the battery terminals, leading to poor electrical connections and a reduced battery lifespan. To prevent this, clean the battery terminals regularly with a mixture of baking soda and water, and remove any buildup with a wire brush.
Avoid short trips: Short trips don't allow your battery enough time to recharge fully, which can cause it to drain and reduce its lifespan. If you frequently take short trips, consider using a battery charger to keep your battery charged and in good condition.
Turn off electronics when not in use: Leaving the radio, air conditioning, and other electronics running when the engine is off can drain the battery and shorten its lifespan. Make sure to turn off all electronics when the car is not in use.
Keep your battery secure: Vibrations from the road can cause your battery to shake and move around, leading to damage to the battery terminals and case. Make sure your battery is properly secured in the battery tray to prevent this.
Check the battery fluid level: Most car batteries have removable caps that allow you to check the fluid level. If the level is low, add distilled water to bring it up to the recommended level. Low fluid levels can cause damage to the battery plates and reduce the battery's lifespan.
Park in a garage or shaded area: High temperatures can cause your battery to overheat and reduce its lifespan. To prevent your battery from overheating, park your car in a garage or shaded area, especially during the hot summer months.
By following these tips, you can make your car battery last longer and avoid unexpected breakdowns. However, if you do experience a dead battery, don't hesitate to contact South Denver Automotive for assistance. We can help you test your battery, replace it if necessary, and provide additional tips for battery maintenance.