Car batteries can go flat because of many reasons. A scenario like that is a massive inconvenience to any driver, especially if it’s happening at the wrong time.
No matter how good you look after your engine, your car battery is independent from it. Plus, modern vehicles are made with little to no warning signs before a battery runs out, and a 50% chance that it will occur when you are away from your home.
Lead-acid car batteries have a limited life span. The good thing is, you can prevent car battery accidents by doing some proper maintenance and knowing their average lifespan. On average, such a battery can last around 36 months, but the timeframe is still very dependent on a number of variables. Below, we are listing some of the best ways to extend the lifespan of your battery.
1. Regularly check your battery’s voltage
If you want to go beyond just a simple visual check (which can tell you if your battery is corroded), you can check your battery’s voltage using a device known as a voltmeter. The truth is, the battery’s life shortens the longer it is left partially or fully discharged, so checking the voltage with a voltmeter is a great way to make sure that it is in top condition. If the voltage drops below 12.5 volts, we recommend recharging it as soon as possible. A dead battery is one that has 12 or below 12 volts, which is a case where you should not even try to charge it.
2. Limit your short trips
Your battery starts every time you start the car, and recharges by the engine during your journey. So, if you are only driving very short distances, it is almost impossible for the battery to regain the amount of power that it lost. Repeating the process daily only puts a strain on your battery, reducing its voltage until it can no longer work as it used to. The best way to maintain the power is by driving your car frequently and for longer periods of time.
3. Keep your battery fastened
Vibration is another factor that reduces the life of your car battery, and one that damages its internal components. Hence, you need to use an approved battery clamp to ensure that it is properly secured and fastened at all times. Still, over-tightening the battery clamp can also damage it, so finding a good balance until you feel some resistance is recommended.
4.Minimize the use of power when your engine is not working
Having your lights on for hours, listening to the radio and keeping your headlights on while the engine is not running all drain your battery. Before you exit the vehicle, always ensure that your accessories are turned off as you walk away.
5.Keep the battery clean
The top of your car battery must be clean, dry, and free of dirt and grime. Dirty batteries can discharge and create a mild short circuit which might additionally drain them. The terminals inside also tend to corrode over time, which is why you should keep the battery clean. A good way to scrub it is by using a toothbrush dipped in baking soda and a water mixture. Then, you can use a spray bottle with cold water to rinse the mixture off and clean everything with a cloth.
6.Don’t leave your car sitting in the garage for long periods
Lead-acid car batteries in UAE need to be kept fully charged at all times to prevent damage. Regardless of the type, all batteries lose charge over time. Studies show that these batteries discharge at a rate of 0.25% per day at 10°C and 1.5% per day at 30°C. So, if you plan on leaving your vehicle for any longer than a week, you might consider connecting a trickle charger to keep your battery in top condition.
7.Minimize exposure to heat
Heat damages car batteries in the UAE, and drivers should know that. Extreme temperatures are hard on the battery because they increase the rate of water evaporation from inside the cells, even if the battery is sealed well. The best way to prevent this is by any possible way of reducing the temperature to the battery. Park in shades, keep your vehicle garaged when not in use, or try to find ways to insulate the battery from the heat generated on the bonnet.
For more information and tips on maintaining your car battery, visit our Car Battery Tips.
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