Your car battery is an essential part that keeps your car running. With a bit of simple maintenance, you can get the most out of it and potentially save yourself money by extending its service life.
We’re here to help so read on and we’ll share a few simple maintenance tips to keep your car battery in top condition.
How to Maintain your Car Battery
Working on your car doesn’t need to be complicated, often the hardest thing is knowing where to start. Given your car battery is integral to keeping you on the road, we thought it would be a good place to begin. Simply follow our tips below.
- Keep the battery and connections clean. Locate your car battery and look for the terminals (connecting points). First clean the top of the battery, then check the terminals for dirt and debris which can lead to corrosion. Clean off with a scrubbing brush, if it’s really bad you can use a mixture of 1 tablespoon baking soda and one cup warm water, just be sure to clean it all off thoroughly by flushing with some clean water and then drying off with a cloth. If you’ve already got signs of corrosion on your car battery you should be able to clean this off with the brush and baking soda mixture also, but failing that a scouring pad should do the trick.
- Check the connecting points. Are the cables connecting to the terminals loose? You can test this by pulling on the cable lightly. If they come off when you do this they are too loose and you can simply take a spanner and tighten the bolts (just don’t over-tighten them). Loose terminals can cause breakdowns.
- Keep your battery charged. Leaving your car battery unused for too long will cause your battery to drain. If you leave your car battery (your engine also for that matter) just sitting for extended periods it will deteriorate at a much greater rate. So take it for a good drive regularly or put a battery charger on it over night.
- Ensure your battery is secure. Unsecured batteries are not only dangerous, but the vibration from the movement can damage the battery plates and put added tension on the battery cables. Your battery is usually held in place by a mounting bracket or clamp, check it’s attached and securely fastened.
That’s it. Just by performing these four simple car battery maintenance tips you should get the most out of your battery.
At the Battery Warehouse we have a wide range of quality car batteries which you can find online using our ‘Find your battery’ tool or visit our local Tauranga Store here and our guys will help you out.