The days of cars being heavily dependent on mechanical components are gone. Modern cars are filled to the brim full of electronic and electrical components. Headlights, Horns, ACs, Infotainment Systems, Fuel Injectors, ECUs, starter motors etc. All of these components run on electricity, so they need power. Your Car’s Battery is the only thing that can power all of these components. Your Car will not start if it isn’t in good health. Let’s look at some easy tips to prolong the life of your Car’s Battery and keep it running smoothly.
These are some useful tips to increase your Car’s battery life.
Regular inspection of the terminals
A continuous chemical reaction within the Battery creates electricity. Acid and lead are two of the most common inside materials. Greenish deposits can form on the terminals due to acid. This is called corrosion, and it can cause damage to the connections between the Battery’s terminals. Too much corrosion can cause damage to the terminals, and eventually, the Battery will need to be completely replaced.
You can prevent corrosion buildup by wiping it off each week. You can pour baking soda and water on top to dissolve any corrosion. You can then wipe the residue off with a towel or a sponge. After letting the terminal’s air dry, you can apply petroleum jelly to protect them from corrosion. This is the best way to prolong your Car’s battery life.
Make sure the battery is secured in its location.
It is important to ensure that the Battery is securely secured in its mounting place. A short circuit could occur if the Battery is shaking around in the engine bay. This can cause the battery to go dead and can cause electrical damage. This can be especially dangerous if you’re inside the Car. The same applies to the connector cables. The same problems can occur if they are not properly connected.
Do not operate electronic components without turning on the ignition.
The alternator is a device in your Car that uses rotation to charge the Battery. The alternator works only when the engine turns, i.e., The Car is on. The Battery carries the entire load if the ignition is off and all electronics, such as the headlights and music systems, are turned on. The alternator compensates for this load, which can adversely impact your Car’s battery life. It is used primarily for small loads such as the spark plug and the ECU. Ensure you turn on the ignition before operating components such as the headlights.
If the Car must be parked for a long time, disconnect the terminals.
The Battery will drain slowly even if the Car is off. This is because the Battery’s terminals are connected, and the circuit path is complete. It is best to disconnect the battery terminals if you plan to leave your Car parked in a garage for long periods or go out of town. Slow discharges without any use of your Car can reduce the battery life. It will save you time and effort by not having to start the Car again when you return.
Keep an eye on the water level.
To keep the acid in car batteries low, you need distilled water. This water is used up over time due to continuous reaction. The acid can concentrate if the water level drops too low. This can lead to corrosion on the inside, affecting your Car’s battery life. Keep an eye on your Battery’s water level every few weeks, and make sure to top it off if necessary.
If you drive at night, more powerful headlamps can be very helpful. They are typical of a lower wattage than stock headlamps. This puts the Battery under more load than it can handle. If you plan to purchase aftermarket headlamps, ensure the wattage rating remains the same. If you choose a higher wattage rating, add a relay to reduce the load.