Tips to Increase a Car Battery Life

Tips to Increase a Car Battery Life

Tips to Increase a Car Battery Life

A strong battery is necessary to start the engine and power electronics like stereo, lights, and connected devices. When it dies, it can leave you stranded. Typically, a battery will last at least a few years. Follow these tips to increase your car's battery life.

Avoid Frequent Short Trips

One of the best strategies is avoiding making many short trips when possible. A great deal of power is required each time you start your vehicle, and the battery recharges as you drive. Multiple short journeys won't allow your battery to replenish lost charge.

Minimize Electronic Use When Engine Is Off

One sure way to drain battery power is to leave electronic items like headlights, interior lights, and the radio on when the engine is off. Avoid wear and tear by checking to be sure you've turned things off before walking away from your car.

Control Corrosion

Corrosion builds up gradually on battery terminals, making them less effective. Simple cleaning will minimize this problem. Use an old toothbrush dipped in baking soda and water to scrub the buildup. Then rinse the solution away with a spray bottle of cool water. Don't forget to dry them with a clean cloth.

Lessen Exposure to Heat

Cold weather can take a toll on a car battery, but it's also true that hot temperatures can do the same. Limit your battery's exposure to heat as much as possible by parking it in a garage or the shade.

Drive Regularly

If a car regularly sits unused, the battery will lose its charge rapidly. To avoid this, take it for a drive at least once a week.

MINI Edmonton Service Centre

The Service Centre here at MINI Edmonton in Edmonton, Alberta, can test your battery to give you a better idea of its remaining life. Contact us to make an appointment.

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