As with most car parts, your battery will need maintenance. If you have an older car or if your car has been sitting then these tips will come in handy.
Here are our top tips to keep your car battery in tip top condition.
It Needs to be Changed
Replace the car battery every four years. This will ensure that your car will run smoothly. Don’t risk a mid-journey power failure because you have decided to push your battery for longer, just change it.
Check the Acid Levels
Every six months, you should check the acid level of your battery. Watch out for acid stratification, which occurs when batteries reside at a charge below 80%, have shallow discharges or have never received a full charge. If this happens then the top is starved and the bottom receives a concentration of electrolytes. If you only drive short distances with power eating accessories then you are most at risk of this occurring.
Careful with the Water
If the plates are exposed then the electrolyte levels are low, but you can top this up with distilled water. However, be careful as you will only want to fill the cells to cover the plates. You can control the flow of water with a funnel or bottle.Once the water is topped up, recharge the battery with a battery charger.
A Battery Load Test
You can ask your mechanic to do a battery load test, once a month. A battery load test will ensure it can charge correctly even if it is freezing outside.
Give Your Battery a Clean
If dirt and debris get into the cells it can be damaging to your battery. It can cause corrosion, so you will need to clean the top of the battery and around the terminals. You can use a mixture of baking soda and water or it’s suggested to use ammonia-based window cleaners. Use a damp wire brush to get rid of any crusts. Once cleaned, ensure you completely wipe the battery down and leave no residue behind. Also, make sure that fluids are not let in through the battery ports.
Don’t Let the Cables Move
The cables should not move. Make sure that they are tied tightly so that everything is secure.
Don’t Let Your Car Sit
Your battery will drain down when your car sits too long without being driven. Drive your care very three days to avoid the battery being drained.
Warm Up Your Battery
During winter, the cold weather can spell bad news for your battery. You need to try and keep it warm. You can keep your car running by having a battery or engine heater. These help to get your battery started and will minimise the power consumed.
Giving it Too Much Charge
You can damage your battery by over-charging it, so keep your eye on it and check your charge every 30 minutes to see how it’s progressing.
As a car owner, you want to keep your car in good running order, which means you will need to partake in some maintenance, which includes the battery. Keep your car battery going with these tips.