Tips for Keeping Your Battery Long-Lasting
On average, a car battery can last anywhere from three to five years before it needs to be replaced. There are various factors that can affect battery life, such as the weather, but because there’s no telling exactly when a battery will need to be replaced, it’s good to know there are ways to extend its lifespan.
Our team at Boardwalk Acura created these tips for keeping your battery long-lasting for drivers like you in Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, and Vineland. Read through them below, then contact our service center if your battery needs to be repaired or replaced.
How to Extend Car Battery Life
While we can’t do anything about the weather, there are plenty of other ways to extend the life of your car battery, including…
- Driving regularly and limiting short rides: If you keep your vehicle parked for days on end, the battery’s power can actually be drained. While you want to drive regularly, you want to try to avoid taking short trips because otherwise, the battery will never have sufficient time to fully recharge.
- Turning off all lights and accessories: All your accessories—the radio, heated seats, lights, etc.—can quickly drain a battery. So, you want to make sure you turn everything off before shutting the car off and leaving it for the night.
- Avoiding excessive idling: If you experience extended periods of idling (when the engine is running but the vehicle isn’t moving), then the battery can wear down sooner than normal. Most modern engines are designed to get the car going as soon as you turn it on, so idling isn’t necessary.
- Removing corrosion: Battery terminals can corrode over time, so you’ll want to keep them clean from buildup to extend car battery life. You can do this by creating a mixture of baking soda and water and using an old toothbrush to scrub the terminals.
- Testing the battery often: To reduce the chances of being left stranded with a dead battery, you can test it. To do so, use a car battery tester to check the voltage. If it’s reading below 12.4 volts, you could try to recharge it. Otherwise, it may need to be replaced.
Signs You Need a New Battery
While there are many ways to make your battery last a long time, there may be a point when it needs to be replaced.
There are a number of signs that’ll point to a dying battery, including a slow engine crank. If the engine’s cranking is a bit sluggish and takes longer than normal to start, then the battery may be failing.
You might also have a swelling or bloating battery case. This can occur in excessive heat and would cause the battery life to decrease.
Yet another sign of possibly needing a new battery is if you’re having issues with any electrical components. Since the battery is what powers those accessories, having the lights dimming or the radio, power seats, or windshield wipers not working properly could indicate that the battery is failing.
Schedule a Battery Repair or Replacement Today
If you’re experiencing any issues with your battery, then schedule a service appointment at Boardwalk Acura. Our service technicians will take a look at it and repair or replace it, if needed. Then, we’ll have you back on the roads of Egg Harbor, Atlantic City, and Vineland before you know it!