Nobody wants to be left stranded because of a poorly maintained car battery.  Your car battery is crucial for supplying the necessary power to all the electrical components of your vehicle and keeping your car running and you on the road.   Our easy car battery maintenance checklist is not only designed to help you avoid getting caught out with a dead car battery but also to extend your car batteries useful lifetime and keep your car running in tip top condition allowing you to get where you want to go.

Battery Maintenance Checklist

1.Cast your eye over your car battery. Yes, it really can be that simple. Just pop the bonnet of your car and inspect your battery for any tell-tale signs of deterioration such as leaks, bulges, cracks, corrosion on the terminals, and or all of these can impact the performance of your battery, or more likely be a sign that your battery may fail soon. Check your car battery is securely mounted. Ensuring that your If your car battery is not firmly fixed, it could shift around a bit while you are driving. This is turn can lead to vibrations that can result in internal damage and short circuits.   By ensuring your car battery is securely mounted, you can drive being rest assured your car battery will now be able to withstand the rigors of driving and preventing early battery failure.

2. Keep it charged. Batteries naturally discharge over time, whether you use your car all the time or just leave it parked up, however the latter is obviously going to speed up the process. If you know your car is going to be in storage and unused for long periods of time, you might want to consider disconnecting your car battery and connecting it to a charger to protect your car batteries charge level and the useful life of your battery

3. Check your battery terminals. We’re talking a nice snug fit, that remains secure when given a little nudge. You can easily do this with a wrench. Just remember you don’t want them too tight or too loose as both of these can cause issues with the electrical connection.  If you’re at all unsure, drop into the Battery Warehouse and the guys will see you right.

4. Get your battery tested. Testing your car batteries voltage will provide you with a clear picture of just how healthy your battery is, and how you head off any problems before they become serious. they become serious problems. A fully charged battery in good nick should read around 12.6 volts or higher when the engine is off. A reading lower than this would indicate that either your battery is undercharged or that it is nearing the end of its useful life.

5. Keep your car battery terminals clean and protected. Over time your car battery terminals can start to get a buildup or corrosion, which can lead to problems starting your car . To keep your battery terminal clean, use a battery cleaning solution or a mixture of 1 tablespoon baking soda and one cup warm water and a wire brush to scrub away any corrosion or dirt.

Once the terminals are clean, and all residue is gone, dry them off.  You then might want to apply a coat of battery terminal protection spray to help extend the life of the terminals

6. Check your car battery case. A bulging or swollen car battery case can indicate that your battery has been overcharged, which would come about because your charging system in your car is not working as it should. Catching this early can mean you can avoid less desirable things occurring such as a battery leak or even at the extreme end of the scale an explosion!  If you do notice any bulges, cracks or abnormalities in your car battery case, it would pay to check it checked by a battery expert straight away.  The guys at the Battery Warehouse are always on hand to help in checking this.

7. Check Battery Age. Generally, car batteries last somewhere between 3-5 years, but this will be greatly influenced by things like how you use your car, type of car, weather conditions, whether it is constantly exposed to weather extremes etc. By keeping a general note of the age of your battery, you’ll be better placed to know when it might be time to replace your car battery When you are within this 3-5 year range, it might be worth considering popping in to get your battery tested to see what use you have left. This way you’ll have time to look into your car battery replacement options and make an informed decision, before being caught out and rushed into a decision.

8. Keep your car battery tray clean. Your car battery tray can be a great place for leaves, dirt and other debris to accumulate. Over time this can lead to corrosion and battery damage. After clearing the battery tray from debris, you can clean it with a mixture of baking soda and water – this can help prevent future corrosion. While you’re at it check for rust and damage, both signs that your battery tray may need replacing.

9. Professional Check-up. I know I know, kiwis are born DIYers, and this will absolutely serve you and your car battery well, but every now and again having an expert eye cast over your car battery is well worth it, especially when your car battery is coming close to the end of its useful lifetime or you suspect there might be a problem.

The guys at the Battery Warehouse all have extensive knowledge and expertise on car batteries and will be able to identify any issues that you might miss, thus heading off trouble, and ensuring your battery and charging system are in top condition. They’ll also provide valuable advice tailored to your specific vehicle and driving conditions, helping you get the most out of your car and your car battery.

At the Battery Warehouse we offer free battery testing and on the spot battery installation. Don’t leave it till your car battery fails and you’re left stranded, drop in and see us today and drive with confidence!

A well-maintained car battery means a reliable car, giving you peace of mind.   Just follow the 9 easy steps in our checklist and keep your car battery in tip top condition!