Just like any other vehicle component, how long a car battery lasts depends on how you maintain it. It needs to be inspected and serviced periodically to maintain its quality and performance. Here are seven tips you can follow.
01. Check the battery electrolyte level
Check the water or electrolyte level in your car battery (wet cell) every three months or every 5000 kilometers. If you drive long-distance frequently, ensure you check the water level in the battery before you leave. You should add enough electrolytes so that the level is about three-quarters of the whole battery cell.
02. Clean the battery terminal
The battery terminal connects the car’s electronic system to your car’s battery. If the battery terminals are loose, tighten them immediately as loose terminals might cause green salts to form around it that would affect the connectivity of the battery.
03. Check the battery insulation
Some car models are equipped with an insulating sheath that serves to protect the battery from the engine’s heat. Batteries that are exposed to hot temperatures will directly affect their lifespan.
04. Use quality batteries
Quality batteries have a better lifespan – in some cases, batteries can last up to five years if cared for and used properly. Quality car batteries also usually come with a warranty and guarantee.
05. Avoid using any oil on the battery terminals
Improper use of oils such as grease on the battery terminals can cause rust to form. In fact, if used excessively, the power of the battery will be depleted, hence affecting its performance.
06. Turn off any electronic components if the engine is off
If you turn off your car engine, make sure all the other electrical components in the car such as the air conditioner, lights, or radio are also turned off. It can indirectly lengthen the battery’s lifespan.
07. Check the battery’s power occasionally
The normal reading of a ‘“healthy” car battery is between 12 to 13 Volts when the engine is not running, and between 13.5 to14.5 Volts if the engine is running. If the battery power is below 13.5 Volts or above 14.5 Volts, chances are there is a problem with your car’s alternator.