Automotive Procare’s 5 Tips for Better Battery Life
It is important to keep the battery in the most optimal condition possible. To ensure it is still efficient, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can test the battery for you. Over time, you may notice that the battery is becoming weaker, just by how your vehicle starts. The vehicle may start more slowly than usual or not start at all. The headlights may also start to go dimmer when you start the vehicle. If your vehicle has been sitting for a long length of time, the battery may have worn out naturally. Not starting the engine can decrease the life span of the battery greatly. There are also some ways to help keep the battery in a good operating condition.
Temperature Affects the Battery
Extreme temperatures can affect the life of the battery. The heat can cause the battery’s chemicals to react together and cause damage to the battery. This may result in a new battery being needed for your vehicle. The extreme cold may also interfere with the vehicle starts. The battery will become slow and harder to start when the temperatures are cold. Before winter arrives, make sure to have the battery tested to ensure it can charge properly.
Don’t Let your Car Sit
If the vehicle is inactive for long lengths of time, the battery will be strained and lose power. This may cause it to have a low charge when you try to start it the next time. Disconnecting the battery from the terminals can help reduce the amount of strain that is placed on the battery.
Turn off the Lights
If headlights or interior lights are left on for your vehicle, you may be doing more harm than you realize. This will cause the battery to drain and wear out quicker than it should. Whenever you turn off your vehicle, make sure the headlights get turned off as well. Also check that the interior lights go off in your vehicle once you shut the door. If you notice the headlights starting to become weaker, chances are the battery may be starting to drain.
Other Devices that use the Battery
Any external device you have plugged into your vehicle can result in your battery having a low charge. Any external devices like a GPS or cell phone being plugged into your vehicle can affect the lifespan of the battery. Always make sure to plug in devices that are absolutely necessary, and unplug them when you do not need them. This can help to preserve the life of the battery as long as possible. The more electrical items that are running the harder it will be to start your vehicle. It will also be hard to keep your vehicle running, as it may start to stall out.
The Distance that you Drive
A lot of short trips can cause the battery to lose its charge more quickly than if you take longer road trips. This is because the battery does not fully recharge each time if you make several short drives in a row. Instead, try to turn small trips and drives into a single larger trip. This can help save wear and tear on your vehicle as well as the battery.