How to Look after a Car Battery for Best Effect

28 December 2022
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A car battery is one of the most important vehicular components, and you must ensure it is in good condition if you are to avoid any unwanted breakdown. This is especially important now, as modern-day cars are so technologically advanced and rely on electronic components for a range of features. If you've just bought a new battery and want to get good value from it while keeping your vehicle as reliable as possible, what do you need to know about its maintenance?

Conduct a Visual Inspection

Get into the habit of opening the bonnet and conducting a visual inspection from time to time. When you do so, take a close look at the battery to look for anything obvious. Some batteries have a vent pipe and if so, ensure that this is free from any blockages. Ensure that the clamps holding the battery in place are still tight, and look at the condition of the terminals.

Clean Any Dirt Accumulation

As time goes by, you can expect a certain amount of dirt accumulation on the surface of the battery, and some of the metal terminals may start to corrode. You can fix this issue by cleaning the area whenever you notice any accumulation and should keep some baking soda and water on hand for this purpose. Gently clean the area with a wire brush to eliminate any corrosion and build-up. Bear in mind that if you don't, this may cause the battery to discharge to an extent, which could compromise its performance.

Look at the Acid and Water

It's also best to check the acid and water levels of the battery from time to time. After all, if the battery is in a constant state of "undercharge," this can lead to a chemical reaction within the battery which will almost certainly reduce its longevity. This is why it's important to check those acid levels, but water is equally important. If this level is low, the plates of the battery could be exposed, but always use distilled water and not plain tap water. Ordinary water contains various minerals that could interfere with the performance of the battery.

Schedule a Trickle Charge

Consider getting a battery charger if you don't use the vehicle much or may allow it to stand for long periods. You can then give the battery a trickle charge which can help to keep it in good condition.

Get Professional Help

If you'd rather not deal with general battery maintenance, acid levels and so on, make sure you take the vehicle to a mechanic instead. During a regular service visit, they will double-check the battery and perform any work needed. 

For more info, contact a local car battery provider