We’ve all been there. You’re supposed to be somewhere in the next 30 minutes and you go to crank your car but the battery is dead. Not a great way to start your day…
Car batteries are an essential part of making sure you can get from point A to point B. Most new batteries are meant to last anywhere from 3 to 5 years. However, to get the most juice out of your battery, there are some few tips we should all adhere to:
- If you know that you won’t be using your car for two weeks or more, or if it is going to be in storage, disconnect the battery.
- The alternator is supposed to recharge your battery when your car is running. However, turning the air conditioner on a lower setting and only using heated seats when absolutely necessary can help preserve the battery.
- Turn your lights off before shutting down the engine.
- When your car is turned off, playing the radio or using interior lights will drain the battery sooner.
- Draining your battery to low levels and recharging it again is harder on a battery than keeping it constantly charged it. In other words, try to minimize situations where you need to use jumper cables to start your car.
- If you know a car will be sitting idle for a while, try to remember to turn the car on for a few minutes at least once or twice a week.
- Some experts suggests cleaning the terminals on the battery with a wire brush at least every 3 to 4 months.
- Connectors on a battery should be loosened and cleaned periodically.
These are some hints that can help preserve your car battery. Remember that your car battery is not meant to last forever. However, it can last much longer if you take care of it.
If you have any questions regarding car batteries or vehicle maintenance in general, please give us a call or stop by our Sedalia location to speak with one of our highly trained ASE-certified technicians.