Written on October 29, 2015 at 2:43 pm
Purchasing a new, good quality battery for your car can be quite an investment to make. To ensure that it won’t need replacing just a year or two later, there are some steps you can take to ensure your car battery lasts as long as possible.
It is recommended that on a monthly basis, you check the terminals and casing of your battery. By keeping them clean and free of dirt and damp you can help prevent your battery losing any unnecessary charge. You can find more information about cleaning your car battery here.
Did you know that when your vehicle is stationary for a long period of time it can affect your car’s battery life? The best advice is to drive it regularly but avoid frequent short trips. However, if this is not possible, invest in a charger or booster to make sure you are backed up before you next drive.
Playing the car stereo, charging your phone and even leaving your lights on when stationary can be detrimental to your car battery power. That’s not to say you shouldn’t play your radio or use your sat nav, but it is important to bear in mind that when not in use, any gadgets should be unplugged to preserve the power supply.
By making sure your car battery is secure in your vehicle, you will remove the risk of vibrations. Any vibrations can damage the battery plates as well as cause leakages that could then damage the engine and even the paintwork. Follow your battery manufacturers guidelines and ensure it is held down with the appropriate clamps and brackets.
Another way your car battery power can be affected is by extreme temperatures. When the mercury plummets, consider having a battery blanket or thermal insulator on hand. These are specially designed to ensure the battery is insulated but allowed to vent.
Using our top tips, you can keep your car battery in peak condition to maximise the power output and life length. At Manbat, we stock a wide range of top quality automotive batteries only recommending trusted brands to provide your car battery power. Explore our full range including the Connect + Reset battery validation tool or contact us to discuss how we can help you.