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Prolong Your Car Battery’s Life

Your old battery died, and you had to replace it. How do you make sure your new battery lasts as long as possible? Here are a few helpful tips to prolong the life of your car’s battery.

Turn The Electronics Off

Avoid using your car’s lights, radio, or other electronics when the engine is not running. Any electronics left on will suck power from your battery when the engine is off. The most common cause of a dead battery is neglecting to turn off lights or fully close doors when leaving the vehicle. Each time you park, take a second to make sure all your car’s electronics are off.

Drive Regularly

Batteries lose their charge more quickly when they aren’t in use, and leaving a car parked for over a month can completely drain its battery. Try to drive your vehicle at least thirty minutes once a week. As you drive, the alternator will recharge the battery. A quick ride won’t give time for the battery to recharge fully, so be sure to run your engine for at least half an hour every week or so.

Park In The Shade

Exposure to heat can dramatically harm your battery. Typical lead-acid car batteries contain a liquid electrolyte solution that can evaporate at high temperatures, causing the battery to dry out and quickly die. While this is especially true of older batteries, it can also happen in a new, tightly sealed one. Avoid parking your vehicle in the direct sun, especially during the summertime.

Keep It Clean

Dirt can accumulate on and around your battery. That dirt can lead to a short circuit, frying the battery. Take time to clean your battery occasionally. First, disconnect the battery, then use a hard-bristled toothbrush with baking soda and water to scrub any corrosion from the terminals. Wipe off the terminals with a wet rag before reconnecting the battery.

You can do several things to make your new battery last longer, but it too will eventually need to be replaced. Well-maintained batteries can last up to four to five years before they run out of charge. If it’s time for a new battery, make an appointment today with our team at Automotive Technology of West Islip.

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