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Battery maintenance - simple advice to follow.

Testing car battery voltage.

Caring for and maintaining your car battery should be a part of your general maintenance checks.

A car battery is responsible for providing the engine with starting power and stabilising the voltage to keep the engine running smoothly. Not only this, it is also responsible for supplying power to your car’s many electrical components and accessories. This includes the lights, alarm system, clock, fans and radio.
Monitoring and maintaining your car battery is a simple task. The life of your car battery is dependent on several factors. These include:
  • Weather/environmental conditions - heat can cause damage to your car battery as a result of water loss and heat distortion.
  • The age of the battery - typically, a car battery has a service life of 3 to 5 years.
  • Use - when not in use, turn off your car’s engine and additional accessories to preserve battery life. Regular driving of your car is also important as the battery is only charged when the vehicle is running.
With proper maintenance, however, you can reduce the general wear to your car battery and ensure that you get the most out of it.
Technician testing car battery voltage.
Regular vehicle servicing: this aims to ensure that your car is performing at its best. When your car’s engine is running poorly this can have an impact on the car battery. A poor performing engine tends to require more power from the battery, which reduces battery life. When your car is in for a service, have the battery tested to assess its current condition. This is a simple task, and one that the technicians at your local BestDrive store are only too happy to perform.
Clean the battery terminals: your car battery operates at its best when it is kept clean and free of corrosion. Heavily corroded or damaged terminals can prevent the engine from starting, as built-up grime adds a layer of resistance between your car and the battery. You can clean the battery terminals and remove built-up grime on the outside of the battery yourself, or have one of our experienced technicians assist you. If you notice any damage, you should have the terminals replaced.
Check the battery clamps: vibrations experienced during everyday driving can damage the cells within your car battery. This may result in premature battery failure. Your car battery shouldn’t be able to move or vibrate. If you notice that the clamps are damaged, have them replaced at your local BestDrive store.
Monitor and top-up electrolyte levels: If your car battery is maintenance-free then you do not need to check fluid levels. However, if your battery is a low-maintenance one then you should check fluid levels on a regular basis. Water in your car battery evaporates over time as the battery is charged and discharged. If you do not feel confident to top-up your car battery fluids, please speak with one of the professionals at BestDrive. Car batteries contain acid, which is hazardous if spilt.
Visually inspect your car battery: simply monitor your car battery for visible signs of leaks, bulges or cracks. This is a simple procedure, which can aid in identifying battery faults early on. This can potentially help you to avoid unexpected car battery failure at inopportune moments. Should you notice anything of concern, contact your local BestDrive store. It may mean that it is time to purchase a new car battery.
Customer and technician exchanging car keys.
If you have any concerns about your car battery, or have noticed early warning signs that it isn’t performing as it should, call into your local BestDrive store. Our qualified technicians can advise you of an appropriate replacement car battery, should one be required.
Our preferred supplier is Century Batteries, known for their quality and innovation. As Australia’s oldest battery manufacturer, they make their batteries to suit and withstand the extreme climate and harsh conditions typically experienced here in Australia. To find out more about our range of car batteries, or to have your existing car battery assessed, please contact your local BestDrive store.
BestDrive. You drive, we care.

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