Five Tips for Getting More from Your Car Battery

Keep the Motor Running Longer With Simple Ways to Extend the Life of This Vital Component

Your car battery can take a pounding. Driving kilometre after kilometre causes some serious wear and tear on this vital component of your vehicle’s health. It’s essentially like your car’s heart. Without it, the engine can’t rev to life and take you where you need to go. It’s often only once you’re stranded that you remember how important this seemingly simple piece of equipment actually is.

To prevent your car’s cardiac arrest, make sure you’re getting the most out of your battery by treating it right. Here are a few simple ways you can help extend the life of your vehicle’s battery.

 

Inspect it Often

Checking your battery for damage should be something you do every time you pop the hood. Early signs of battery wear can include cracks or missing parts in the plastic casing or battery connections. If your battery looks a little rough, it may be a good idea to have it serviced or replaced.

Remove Corrosion

Battery acid can quickly cause corrosion build up on the terminals - those pins that stick up on the top of your battery – causing the connection between the battery and the car engine to loosen. You should be cleaning off those terminals on a monthly basis. An old toothbrush dipped into some flat cola should do the trick.

Keep it Clean

Help keep dirt and debris from building up on your battery by cleaning it off every once in a while. Simply brush it off with a cloth or dust brush – never use water! Don’t forget the battery cables need cleaning too. Dust them off with a wire brush to help the battery respond more effectively to daily demands.

Lubrication is Key

A little lubrication can go a long way when it comes to the life of your battery. A small dab of petroleum jelly on your battery’s posts will help keep it cleaner longer.

Use the Proper Parts

Make sure you’re using the correct size and type of battery for your vehicle’s make and model. Check your owner’s manual or with a dealership if you’re not sure. If the battery is too small, it will deplete a lot faster.

Even the most meticulously maintained battery has a shelf life. If your battery is more than three years old it’s a good idea to get it checked by a professional to make sure it’s still in good working order. The CAA Mobile Battery Service comes to you and will test your battery and install a new one if required. Plus, we’ll even recycle the old one.