Being stranded due to a car that just won’t start is no picnic. Adding to the inevitable frustration is finding out that the cause was a dead battery. Towing services can be costly, not to mention the inconvenience of lost time. This can all be avoided by performing seasonal battery checks on your car. With the change of season on its way, now is the time to pay attention to your car battery to ensure that it will always keep your car moving forward.
- Keep it Clean – Cleaning the battery at the start of each season will help to remove any build up of corrosion. Build up of corrosion around the battery’s connectors can disconnect your battery’s power supply. Checking the tightness of all terminals also gives you the piece of mind that there are no leaks which could damage both the battery and the interior of the engine.
- Disconnect the battery – When a battery remains idle for too long, the charge suffers. Even worse, it may damage the responsiveness of the alternator, causing an unreliable start-up. If you know that you will be unable to drive your vehicle for over two weeks, disconnecting the battery is highly recommended. This will keep even the smallest amount of electronic demand – such as the clock or automatic locking system – from draining your battery of life. Upon your return to regular driving, simply reconnect the battery properly and be on your way.
- Drive regularly – The alternator recharges the battery while your vehicle is being driven, but the battery’s charge will suffer if the vehicle is making short, frequent trips. Get out of the comfort zone of your own back yard and take to the open road! Twenty minutes of consecutive driving per week is enough to let the alternator do its work and recharge the battery as the car is being driven.
A car battery should last between three and five years on average, but to get the most out of your battery, proper maintenance is required. When you bring your car in to Master Tech Automotive for a maintenance appointment, checking your battery’s charge is a part of the service. We will ensure that your vehicle is operating up to standards before allowing you to drive off of the premises. Call Master Tech Automotive today and ask about our complimentary diagnostics. If you have had trouble starting your vehicle or if something simply does not feel right, our diagnostics test will point out any problem areas within your vehicle and our automotive experts will walk you through any recommended repair options.
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