We already know that your car’s battery plays an integral part in its day to day working, but knowing how to look after it is something that lots of people aren’t 100% sure about.
That’s why we’ve designed this quick-step guide to help you stay on top of all things battery. From general maintenance to choosing a brand new option, here’s everything you need to know to keep your car fully charged.
Turn it off
Batteries never last forever – although if you do treat yours right, you can be sure to get at least a good few years out of it. One thing that’s sure to drain the life of your battery is leaving your vehicle’s electronics switched on when the car isn’t running.
With this in mind, before stepping out of your car, remember to turn off your lights, stereo and anything else that runs off your car battery. This includes interior lights – which are a common cause of flat batteries as people leave their doors ajar overnight.
Charge it up
If your car hasn’t been for a run in a long time, this will mean the alternator hasn’t been able to work its magic and charge your battery to the top – meaning it might not have enough charge to fire up the starter motor and send you on your way.
To avoid this happening, always try to take your car for a lengthy journey (around 20 miles should suffice) once a week. If this isn’t possible, invest in a battery charger to give your car the boost it needs after a long spell in the garage.
Providing an affordable, fuss-free solution, simply attach the leads to your battery (making sure the red clamp goes on the larger, positive terminal, and the black clamp goes on the smaller, negative terminal), plug it in and leave your battery to recharge for 30 minutes, an hour or a few hours depending on how flat it is.
Clean and easy
Another reason that a battery might not perform as it should is because of corroded terminals or loose connections. Luckily, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to get things working as they should.
To clean your battery’s terminals, disconnect both the positive and the negative cables attached to it with a small spanner, starting with the negative end, making sure it doesn’t come into contact with the positive cable/terminal as you do so.
Once you’ve done this, simply grab an abrasive cloth (or even a toothbrush) and rub your terminals until they start to shine. If this doesn’t work, try using something a little tougher – something like a 6mm wire brush attached to a cordless drill should do the trick. Do this on both cables too before connecting it all back together, making sure both cables are firmly attached with a spanner.
Time for an upgrade
If you’ve done everything listed above but still aren’t getting the most out of your battery, chances are you’ll need to swap your existing power source for a brand new part.
At Euro Car Parts, we have some excellent long-lasting batteries, such as the popular Duracell DA60T Advanced Car Battery. What’s great about this particular product is that it comes with a five year guarantee, which should go some way in keeping you and your car happy for well over 100,000 miles.