Generally car batteries last 3 to 5 years. However, if you want to extend the life of your vehicle battery, you should practice these maintenance tips and tricks below:
Tip #1: Regularly Testing the Battery
The more often you test your car battery, the more you will know about its condition. It will let you know when you should change it and prevent you from breakdowns altogether.
Tip #2: Keep it Clean
Regularly cleaning the battery terminals can help to increase your car battery's lifespan. You should look for any evidence of dirt and grime. All you need to clean it is an old or spare toothbrush, baking soda, and water. Once you're complete, remember to rinse it off with cold water and dry it with a clean and dry fabric afterwards.
Tip #3: Make Sure It Is Secure
Make sure the car battery is securely in place so that it doesn't move around or vibrate. A loose battery can wear down faster and cause irreversible damage to the battery. Furthermore, the battery terminal connections should be secure and tucked away safely.
Tip #4: Don't Overwork It
Constantly using electronic accessories like the radio, interior lights, phone ports, and navigation systems all at once in your vehicle while the engine is off can drain the battery. Idling for long durations can also decrease your battery life.
Tip #5: Limit Short Drives
A car ride around the corner of your home can actually hurt your battery because it stops it charging fully. It is important that you incorporate longer drives into your routine so that the alternator can properly charge the battery. You can try walking or biking instead if you need to get somewhere very close.
We hope some of these tips help you with your battery life. For all your battery and electrical maintenance needs, look no further than Crompton's Auto Care.