4 Useful Tips to Keep Your Car Battery in Top Shape

The last thing you might dream of is perhaps your car’s battery dead! Car batteries are as good as lungs in a human body. Just as if your lungs are unable to breathe air in and out, you’re dead, if your car batteries stop working, your car is dead and your wish to go for a drive remains unfulfilled, leaving you in an off mood and with a sad and bad face! Naturally, it’s in your best interest to keep your car battery in top condition in order to be on the go whenever you wish.

What does a car battery do, by the way? It’s the storehouse of electrical energy required to start your car’s ignition so that your car can run. So, you want it to supply the energy nonstop. How to achieve that? Fortunately, there are ways to do that. Some easy steps are cleaning the battery regularly, tightening the hold-down and maintaining its fluid level. If you think that by driving your car minimum, you can save the energy, you’re damn wrong, my dear! On the contrary, to maintain its energy level, i.e., the charge, you need to drive the car frequently. Also, you need to disconnect any appliances in your car if there are any, when it’s not running. By caring for these small things, you can have your battery running in full swing for almost 5 to 7 years!

Car Batteries

Environmental Impact

You’re not the only one who is responsible to reduce your battery’s energy. The environment in which live also has a great impact on car batteries. Thus, if you live in a cold region, you’re benefited by an extension of your battery’s life. On the other hand, if your climate is hot, your car batteries get heated too much and thus, lose their lifespan to a great extent. But don’t lose heart. You can still do many things to extend your battery’s life. Here are some.

1. Maintain Cleanliness

I’m sure you know that cleanliness is next to godliness & this holds true even when it comes to your car battery! In short, keep the battery clean. It’s bound to get dirty with various particles and you’ll have to keep cleaning them off. You don’t need to do it daily, but you should at least at regular intervals. Either you can do it yourself, or hand the job over to a professional car servicing center.

Maintain Cleanliness

2. Your Battery Asks for Distilled Water

Whenever required, use only distilled water to use with your battery as this helps extending its life. Especially during hot weather your battery fluid gets evaporated and the battery gets overheated. You can avoid or reduce the damage by adding distilled water.

3. Switch on Regularly

As mentioned earlier, you don’t save your battery’s energy if you don’t use your car often. Instead, a car left idle for several days quickly loses its battery’s charge and when at last, you need to start your car for venturing out sometimes, the energy level goes below the minimum level of charge needed to even start the car. If this continues occasionally, the result may be worse. The battery’s lifespan soon deteriorates making your car susceptible to abrupt breakdowns. Hence, be sure you switch on the battery at regular intervals.

4. Reduce Heat Exposure As Much As You

As mentioned earlier, heat in the environment is harmful for car batteries. Even newly installed batteries become weak with environmental heat. Although car batteries don’t need much charge to start the car in the winter, even in the cold season batteries may fail as the excess heat in the summer season may already cause the damage. So, make sure, you minimise the heat. Park your car in a shady area, preferably in a garage. A tree to park the car under is even better, during the daytime.

Reduce Heat

So far if you were stressed out with a thought of your regularly failing car battery, I hope that you’re now much relaxed with the above tips that you can take the control of the matter and drive without any hitch. Happy driving!

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