Car Battery Maintenance Tips – Best Batteries
How to maintain your car battery
People often forget the maintenance of parts in the vehicle that are not visible. One of them being – battery. It is essentially the most important part of the automobile to get it started and have the engine running. This happens by turning chemical energy into electrical and then transmitting it to every electricity-powered part.
Basics of maintaining the battery
If you have used the same battery for years or have only recently purchased a new one. It is important to maintain the part correctly if you wish to get the most distance out of it. This needs to be done seasonally to get the best use of it and avoid the risk of being stranded on the side of the street.
- When the engine is running, only then the battery is being charged by the alternator, which prolongs the life of the battery. If left stationery, however, it will drain over time and is likely to get to the point where it has to be fully replaced as the battery has been flat for a period of time that is too long. If you find yourself in this position, you can buy a new battery or call a mobile car battery replacement professionals. Tip: if you are planning on leaving your vehicle stationary, attaching a car battery to a maintenance charger will keep it healthy.
- Regularly servicing a vehicle will help avoid not only battery issues but increase the life of other parts as well. If the engine or the alternator that is your car’s battery charger is working poorly, it is highly likely that more power is used from the battery.
- Do not fully drain the battery often as it significantly reduces the longevity of the part.
- For those who are driving on bumpy or gravel-covered roads, occasionally inspect the battery clamps that hold down the battery. Due to vibrations on a daily basis, clamps can get damaged and reduces the life of the battery.
- Have the battery tested about twice a year, not only when you notice that it is not working properly. This can be done at most car dealerships and also at home. You will only need a voltmeter or one of the devices mentioned in the blog by Car From Japan. Here you can also find different ways on how to inspect it yourself.
Level of water in the battery
It is necessary to frequently check the water level in the battery of your vehicle. Even when in sealed space, it evaporates with time due to the liquid (electrolyte) being charged and discharged. Although doing it yourself is easy, safety is very important during this process.
- Look for an indicator on the side of the battery showing the level of water as most of the batteries have it.
- Locate and open caps located on top of the battery. If you can not find them, look under the flap.
- If you find that the water level in the battery is low, refill it with by using Hydrometer and pouring distilled or demineralised water.
- Be aware that extra caution needs to be taken during the process as the battery contains acid. Acid is highly hazardous if spilt and can cause a lot of damage to your wellbeing.
Inspecting the leads
Sometimes the battery may stop doing the job in its full capacity due to the damaged leads. To avoid this, they should be inspected occasionally. Leads that are damaged can not transmit the energy to other parts of the car, causing it not to start and running the battery flat.
- Start by removing the cables and disconnect a negative one first, which is usually marked with a ‘-’ sign.
- Inspect for any breaks or cuts. If any are noticed, it is advisable to replace the damaged lead(s).
- If you find corrosion on the end of the cable(s), it is recommended to replace the lead(s).
- If no damage or defects are found, connect the cables in the reversed order, positive ‘+’ first and negative ‘-’ second.
Inspecting battery terminals
Terminals of the battery have to be inspected every six months. If there is corrosion, that means there is an extra layer that increases the resistance between the battery and the automobile, which can then lead to a flat battery. If corrosion or any damage is found, they need to be cleaned or replaced.
- After removing the cables, clean off the corrosion around the battery terminals with a wire brush.
- In case the terminal is damaged in any way, it has to be replaced.
When doing any of the procedures yourself, please take extra care and thoroughly follow the guide. We do not wish for anyone to harm themselves during the process and do not take any responsibility for any accidents that occur when following this guide. If you are unsure about your skills, what to do or how to do it, talk to a specialist who can give advice and provide with recommendations needed.