A battery that is properly taken care of should last you 3 or more years without any signs of failing. In fact, you could extend battery life up to 5 years if you take the necessary precautions. This helps you reduce the number of battery replacements over the course of your vehicle’s lifespan, thereby keeping running costs low and avoiding a lot of hassle dealing with dead or malfunctioning batteries.
Here are some of the best ways in which you can extend car battery life without really making any compromises. If you are one a person who loves his or her vehicle, then you ought to keep these in mind at all times:
Clean the Terminals
Battery terminals often sport oxidation damage, which destroys the electrical connection between the battery and your car’s electrical systems. This will definitely discharge batteries a lot quicker, thereby having a negative impact on their lifespan. Make sure to do a monthly inspection of the battery terminals, cleaning them with anti-corrosive spray when necessary.
Do Not Use Electrical Systems Without the Car Running
We are all faulty of having done this at some point in the past. While it won’t hurt to have your air conditioning system running for a minute or two, remember that having it (or any other electrical system like your lights, radio, infotainment system) on will slowly drain your battery of its charge. With the engine not running, the alternator won’t be able to recharge the battery either, so you can fully discharge the battery if you do not pay attention. Lead acid batteries found in vehicles will not take kindly to this type of abuse, meaning a very short lifespan for your battery. In any case, try using NOCO jump starters to at least try to revive your battery if it gets fully discharged at some point.
Check the Cables and Replace If Necessary
Battery cables need to be properly connected to avoid short circuits and loss of connection when your car gets moving. If the cables seem worn out or damaged, replace them as soon as possible to avoid further damage to your car’s internals and battery.
Store the Cells Appropriately When Not in Use
If you are going to store your car for extended periods of time without running, you should take appropriate steps to store the battery as well. Unless you can at least start up the car every other day, you should disconnect the battery from the vehicle and keep it in a NOCO battery box, which will protect the battery from external shocks, temperature changes, excessive moisture and anything else that may have a negative impact on the battery’s lifespan.
Read Vehicle Instruction Manual
Certain makes and models have systems in place to register and optimize battery use. For more information, take some time to browse through the user manual to find the necessary steps you need to follow when installing a new battery or removing your current one. Otherwise, the vehicle’s electrical system may reject the new battery, thereby making you unable to start up the car.