Like the engine, a vehicle battery is another car part that often overworks itself. A good, working battery is necessary to start your engine; if it dies, you can count on going nowhere. Therefore, maintaining a car battery requires you to keep it charged and free of corrosion. Below are some essential tips and tricks to protecting your car battery:
- Keep It Clean - Dirt, dust, and other contaminants can put your battery at risk. You should get in the habit of wiping it off with a clean rag. If you notice corrosion on the battery, use a baking soda and water mixture to neutralize the acid. Doing this will prevent the decay from draining its power.
- Run the Battery If You Know You're Not Driving - When you park your car for an extended period, please make sure to let the engine run for several minutes. This will recharge the battery and prevent sulfation.
- Avoid Intense Exposure to Heat - Heat is the number one enemy for batteries. If you live in an area with hot summers, please park your car in the shade or entirely out of the sun if possible.
- Test the Battery - Since the summer heat can do a number on your vehicle's battery, it's best to periodically test your battery for its charge. Staying on top of your battery's condition will allow you to plan for when you need to replace it. So it won't come as a shock.
- Don't Avoid the Electrical Dashboard Warning Light - The warning light is made for a reason: to warn you that there's something wrong. Please have this checked out as soon as possible to avoid major inconveniences.
The Bay Area Tire & Service Centers team would be happy to assist you with all your electrical repairs and services. If you need a battery test, we invite you to bring your vehicle to our auto service shop.