Today I’m going to go over some tips to use on your auto batteries. Usually people don’t think too much about their batteries until theirs stops working properly. These tips will help protect your auto battery, make it last longer and hopefully stop an unpleasant surprise from happening when you’re on the road or even before you leave your driveway to go to work. Your auto battery is just as important as the rest of your engine and it’s important to keep your vehicle maintenance up to date. Your battery is a part of that so keep that taken care of as well.
The first thing you can do to help with the longevity of your auto battery is actually very simple. It’s just to keep your battery nice and clean. Vehicle hygiene isn’t difficult. You don’t need to spend hours every day but check it out as often as you can and make sure grime isn’t building up anywhere that could be detrimental to your battery. When you pop the hood of your vehicle just take a good look at your battery. If you notice any corrosion on the battery or the battery terminals go ahead and carefully clean it yourself or have it cleaned by professionals. If you’re unsure how to do this safely or properly then get some advice from a friend who does. It’s also a great idea to just check the terminals out. If you reach down and try to twist the terminals back and forth with your hands and they have any give to them then you know there is something wrong. If your terminals are loose then you’re liable to end up stranded. This is also something you can go ahead and fix yourself with a ratchet, a little knowledge, and some elbow grease. If you just don’t feel properly equipped or you’re feeling uncomfortable with the idea of working on your own vehicle then have a professional do it for you.
Finally, no matter how well you take care of your vehicle and auto battery, it will only last so long. Your battery will eventually need to be replaced. In places that have hotter climates, auto batteries may only last a minimum of 3 or 4 years. If you’re living in more northern climates you might get and extra year out of them and have them last 4 or 5 years. That is just the normal life of an auto battery. As your battery starts to age into the end years it’s a good idea to either test it yourself if you’re comfortable and know how to do this safely and properly, or have a professional test it. A battery tester can be found at a parts store or hardware store in your area. If you take it to a professional, they may have better equipment and today their testing can even give a great idea of the condition of the battery and how much life should be left in it. If you do these things as preventative maintenance then you might very well be able to prevent being stranded by surprise with a dead auto battery.