Theoretically, a car battery has a normal lifespan of four years under normal conditions. However, the very normal circumstances refer to the battery going through full charge cycles, not subjected to extreme climate and not providing power for tons of accessories, which means the very normal circumstance is just the other way around. Nevertheless, there is still some methods for you to take care of the battery and make it last longer. Take a look!
Clean your car battery from time to time. Car batteries are filled with sulfuric acid and it will have chemical reactions with the metal of the battery posts, leading to the buildup of corrosion on the car battery and affecting the battery’ability to perform properly. The first step to clean your battery is to disconnect the wires from the negative battery post or you may get electric shock or burns. Next, you can pour a cup of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda directly on the battery corrosion and then you can use a toothbrush to help you scrub off the corrosion. Then, rinse the soda off with a little water. After that, dry everything off with a clean rag. Finally, you can reconnect the battery and get it ready to work.
Avoid extreme climate. Extreme heat speeds up the chemical reaction and the water in the battery can evaporate too quickly. Therefore, the car batteries are suggested being covered by an insulating sleeve to keep extreme temperatures in check.
Reduce short commute. The car battery can only be charged while the car is running and if you take too many short trips, the battery will hardly get a full charge. And this constant state of undercharge results in acid stratification, which will shorten the battery life.
Start your car within five seconds and if it failed, don’t restart it at once but five seconds later, for starting a car repeatedly takes a huge amount of electricity provided by the battery, causing an excessive discharge of it and resulting in its shorter lifespan.
Never leave your car with lights on. Remember to turn off the lights when you step out of your car and that will do your car battery a great favor.
Avoid rough travel or the vibrations from your drive may shake loose or damage the plate of your battery.
Well, that’s all for the methods of extending you battery life. If you want more information about car maintenance, you can contact Maxspeedingrods for help.