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8 Simple Tips To Improve Your Car Battery Life

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Car batteries are especially vulnerable to draining in cold weather and when they are left unused for an extended period of time. A healthy battery should stay out of your mind, but an unhealthy one can cause a slew of problems. Putting in a little extra effort now can save you time and money later. While being stranded with a dead battery in the middle of nowhere, or even in the middle of a busy schedule, simple, effective, and timely measures can help you extend the life of your car battery.

The life of your car battery is also dependent on regular checks and maintenance. Here are a few pointers to help you extend the life of your car battery:

  1. Limit short rides: Short car trips prevent your car battery from charging completely. Driving your vehicle more frequently and for longer periods of time will help your car battery last longer. It takes approximately 20 minutes of driving to recover the energy expended when starting a vehicle.
  2. Ensure your battery is firmly fastened: Always keep the car battery securely fastened. This reduces vibration, which can lead to short circuits and internal damage. Remind yourself to check it on a regular basis. Upgrade to a vibration-resistant battery.
  3. Avoid using too many accessories while idling: The battery is intended to provide power to start the vehicle. Turning on electronics such as your radio, lights, and other electronics while the engine is idling places additional strain on the battery, especially if you have added additional electronics that exceed the output of the alternator at idle, which is typically only 30 percent of its output capability.
  4. Monitor your car battery’s health with a volt meter: To check the health of your battery, monitor system voltage with the digital battery terminal volt meter or plug n play 12v socket adapter. A healthy battery should have a voltage of at least 12.7 volts. If the numbers fall below the ideal voltage, recharge your battery.
  5. Don’t leave your vehicle unused for long periods: Wet cell lead-acid batteries naturally lose charge over time. This is known as self-discharge. If your car has been sitting idle in the driveway or garage for more than a week, connect a smart charger to help reduce the risk of self-discharge. Check that it is set to the correct battery type.
  6. Protect your car battery from extreme temperature changes: Extreme temperature changes caused by the weather can have an impact on the health of your car battery. Insulation kits are available to keep your battery warm during the cold winter months. Batteries are not only less susceptible to temperature fluctuations due to their extreme internal density, but they also have a metal case to protect them from temperature fluctuations.
  7. Check your car battery water levels: Check the water level in your new wet cell car battery once or twice every three months. Check your battery once a week if it is more than 1.5 years old. Excessive heat can result in low levels of water (electrolyte). Inspect your car battery’s water levels, especially during the hot summer months, to ensure they are adequate.
  8. Routine Checkups: Cleaning connectors and terminals is an important part of car maintenance. Corrosion will corrode the connection between the car and the battery over time. You can avoid buildup by getting regular checkups.

At Mega Fix Tyres, we provide comprehensive auto and car battery services in Al Nahda, so regardless of your model, we go out of our way to ensure that your car performs optimally and that you drive away completely satisfied. If you are looking for battery replacement tyre repair services at Al Qusais contact us.