Batteries are in all of the electronics that we love to use on a daily basis but the fact is that many people know very little about how they work. As such people tend to think of their battery as a solid and steady reservoir of power that is either being drawn from or left alone, depending on whether the car is on or not. While this picture isn’t exactly wrong it is misleading. The reality is that cars drain their batteries at different rates depending on what is being done, and even if you leave your car off your battery can still lose charge.
You probably want your battery to last as long as possible, but that requires tips and strategies that many people don’t know. In this article we will be looking at 6 different ways that you can keep your battery working for as long as it can.
Keep Things Clean
Part of keeping your battery well maintained is keeping it clean. And no, it’s not about psychology, if you let dirt, grime and other foreign particles build up on your battery and in the battery case you can end up with corrosion and other forms of damage that can negatively impact your battery’s performance and lifespan. A quick clean once a month can go a long ways.
Make Sure Your Battery Is Secured
Auto parts are designed to withstand a lot but that doesn’t mean that you have to put them through unnecessary stress. If your battery gets shaken up too much when it’s in use it can fail. While some vibrations will happen they should be kept to a minimum because of the way the battery is secured. When cleaning your battery you should check to see if the battery and its connectors are properly secured and you can deal with two potential issues at once!
Invest In Insulation
The worse the weather gets the more danger your battery is in. Both extreme heat and cold can damage your battery or lead to a loss of charge. Storing your car in an area outside of the elements is helpful but it doesn’t help people who need to park on the street, in which case insulation is a good idea. The battery case in your car may or may not have insulation already. Standard insulation should be fine for most weather but if you want extra protection consider putting in extra protection for the summer and winter months where temperatures get the worst.
Don’t leave a your car just sitting unused for days, weeks or especially months. If you want to maintain a good charge you need to start up the engine and drive around from time to time. Batteries lose charge naturally over time and are designed to be recharged by a working engine. When cars are left to fall into disuse the battery inside is also falling into disuse and may die or lose some of its charge for good.
Avoid Taking Too Many Short Trips
While it’s important to use your battery regularly you don’t want to start and stop it too much. Your battery goes through the most stress when it’s starting up or stopping so keep these events to a minimum by using your car for longer trips and finding alternatives for shorter errands. This isn’t always possible but if you really want to get the most from your engine at least try and find a way to string your activities to turn three or four small trips into one longer trip.
Consider A Battery Charger
Driving regularly will work to keep your charge in most cases but there will be times when you’ll need to take a break from driving your vehicle for an extended period of time. If you’re planning a long vacation or some other break from driving you should buy a car charger that will keep your battery charged correctly until you need to use it again.
Know When To Move On
The reason why people want to get more out of their battery is obvious enough, no one wants to pay for a new battery when the one they have seems to be working just fine. By using the strategies we have discussed you should notice your battery lasting longer but it’s important to remember that nothing lasts forever. At some point you will need to get your battery replaced and you don’t want to push things farther than you have to.
Try not to wait for your battery to completely fail you. Replacing your battery after it has been pushed to its limits in terms of time-in-use and milage will help you avoid the hassle of dealing with a car failure while driving or parked far away from home. Know how long your battery is designed to last, in terms of time and mileage. After it passes those limits make sure to check the charge and condition of the battery regularly to make sure it is in proper, working condition.
One of the best ways to get more out of your battery is by making sure that the battery you get is built to last. At OakleyNAPA we will set you up with a battery that is built to go the distance, but always remember that your results will depend on how well you take care of your battery.
OakleyNAPA is an independently operated dealer of NAPA, heavy duty and small engine equipment, parts and supplies. In addition to NAPA’s standard automotive parts, we have much to offer agricultural, heavy duty and industrial customers. We carry products from independent companies, like Trux Accessories‘ lighting and chrome parts for trucks, PAI Industries’catalog and Mahindra tractor parts. OakleyNAPA also carries Gates hoses and Martin Senour paint, making us a one-stop shop for your needs.
We have several trained mechanics on staff to work on any problems you may encounter, from warranty issues to routine maintenance, and carry parts for most yard equipment, including tillers, mowers and chainsaws.
We serve the following Lauderdale County, AL communities, but not limited to:
- St. Florian
- Zip City
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