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Dealing with your Car battery

Dealing with your Car battery

Looking after your car battery may not seem important, but taking proper steps to ensure its care can prevent situations such as leaving your car for a period of time only to find the battery is dead or one day you find the battery needs replacing. Listed below are steps to looking after your car battery:

Check your electrical wiring

Ensure the battery terminals and wiring aren’t covered in residue such as rust and ensure the connections are tight to prevent arcing. Erosion of the battery terminals can prevent your car from starting due to electrical resistance, simply cleaning them using a wire brush can prevent this. When cleaning the terminals make sure you are wearing preventative safety gearing such as gloves and googgles, as the white powder also known as lead sulfate is dangerous if inhaled, ingested or makes skin contact. If your battery terminals are heavily eroded connection could be lose at at time, at this point it would be advised to pick up a new battery, there are some cheap websites which offer batteries for most makes and models such as Car Batteries UK

Keep batteries clean and dry

A filthy battery surface can cause your battery to short circuit. Ensure when you’re working inside the bonnet you don’t spill anything onto the battery, keep the cover closed at all times.

Keep your battery charged

Undercharged or under-utilised batteries will gradually lose capacity over time, effectively lessening the life of your battery. This can happen in high humidity conditions through the winter or vehicles left unused for long periods of time. It’s imperative to keep a battery completely charged to guarantee the longest life for your battery.

Manoeuvre carefully

For your car’s wellbeing we suggest you have your battery checked and tried by an expert during services or garage trips. Metallic objects which conduct if put across the terminals can cause the battery to short so beware when youre working with the battery. Batteries contain sulfuric acid which is corrosive so make sure no part of your body or any objects come into contact with the acid should it leak. In the event that this happens, use water to dilute the acid and wash it away immediately. Batteries are heavy so take caution when lifting and if the battery has one, lift by the handle.

Adverse condition care for your battery

Nobody enjoys getting up on a cold morning and neither does your car. attempting to start your car in harsh environments may cause it to experience the ill effects of weather and can result in unnecessary wrenching which has an enormous impact on the engine and electrical framework.

Keeping your car in the garage or even a car port in these conditions can prevent this issue, otherwise starting the car slowly and allowing it to run for a couple of minutes before driving it is advised.

Check the battery is not loose.

Damage can come to your battery if it is not properly secured, give the battery a quick grab and see if it moves.

Check the age of your battery.

Certain batteries are produced to be more resilient in bad weather conditions. However no matter how good the battery after time if its going to need replacing, generally they have a 3 year life expectancy, obviously many will live past this but its best to check if your battery is getting on in years.

 

The first clues when your battery is on its way out comes when the car is started, but the reasons the battery is not performing optimally are not always clear. If inadequate charger is reaching the starter you will hear a clicking sound and the car won’t start. Many garages and shops such as Halfords can perform a battery test to see whether your battery needs replacing, sometimes the alternator can be defective.

 

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