Tips for Extending the Life of Your Vehicle’s Battery

August 5th, 2016

Car Battery Dealing with a faulty car battery is no joke. If your car isn’t running, and your battery has died, you could be stuck in any number of unsavory places and have to rely on a kind stranger with jumper cables to bail you out. While it’s important to make sure your car receives regular service to prevent your battery from deteriorating to this point, there are also a couple of things you can do on a regular basis to make sure to extend you car’s battery.

A clean, properly installed battery works best, so if you notice rust or build up, clean it out before it causes bigger problems. Batteries have lots of spots that are prone to corrosion, so wipe it down periodically and use a wire brush where necessary. If you’re not sure how to properly clean your battery, ask your mechanic to show you.

A charged battery is the healthiest kind of battery. Though your battery charges while your car is running, if you leave your car alone for a few days, your battery can deplete very quickly. If you won’t be driving your car for a few days, especially during very hot or very cold weather, make sure to at least turn it on and let the engine run for a few minutes, if not drive it around the block, each day. That’ll keep your battery fully charged and working properly.

If you ever find yourself with a dead battery in need of a jump, it’s best to jump your battery when it’s warm. If you can, leaving your hood open for a while with the sun shining down on the battery to warm it a bit can make the stress of jumping the battery less impactful. You should never jump a battery that’s so cold it could be frozen.

If you’re having trouble with your car’s battery, make a service appointment at George Kell Motors. Our trained technicians are experts when it comes to the cars we sell, and will be happy to help you out with whatever trouble you’re having with your car.

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One Comment on “Tips for Extending the Life of Your Vehicle’s Battery”

  1. 1 Samantha Rogers said at 4:10 am on December 13th, 2016:

    My husband tried to come pick me up from work today and our car battery had died. Luckily, he had a coworker who was available to jump start the car and the battery has been able to recharge since. I liked your suggestion of taking the car out for a few minutes every day during cold weather, as I feel this might have been the cause of our dead battery.

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