It is important to inspect the battery of your vehicle on a regular basis. By doing so, you can help ensure efficient starts every time you get in your vehicle. Over time the battery will start to lose charge and will need to be replaced. This is because with age, the battery will naturally wear out and start to be less effective. Extreme temperatures and overcharging are the main reasons for a shortened battery life. If the battery is exposed to extreme heat, it causes the battery fluid to evaporate. This leads to internal structural damage of the battery. Cold temperatures can increase the thickness of the oil. This makes the engine harder to turn over and results in the battery working harder as well. When the battery works harder in the cold temperatures, this can lead to slower starts of the vehicle. If the battery is overcharged, the voltage regulator may be defective. This will then allow for too high of a charging rate, and lead to the battery needing to be replaced sooner.

 

Be careful when charging the battery

 

When charging the battery, make sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. If the system is overcharging, it can damage the battery quickly. The same applies for undercharging the battery. If you are unsure of the correct rate it should be charged at, make sure to bring it in. We can inspect the battery as well as how it is recharging. By having the battery inspected by a professional, all areas will be checked. This is helpful because there might be sides or components that you cannot see on the battery, that might be causing it to drain quicker. In some instances, a new battery may be needed.

 

Inspect the battery so it is free of debris

 

In order for the battery to work the most efficient way possible, it should be in a clean condition. The top of the battery should be clean. If there is any dirt buildup, make sure to wipe it away. Dirt can become a conductor and will drain the battery’s power. Corrosion should also be cleaned off of the battery. If it accumulates on the terminals, it then becomes an insulator. This will lead to poor current flow from the battery to your vehicle. The terminals should be inspected so they are not damaged or broke. This can impair the ability for it to start your vehicle.

 

Bring your vehicle in for scheduled maintenances

 

Another important task you can do to keep the battery in good condition is to bring your vehicle in for scheduled maintenances. We can inspect the battery as well during this time to make sure it is in the best condition possible. Sometimes a slow start for your vehicle may not necessarily mean it is the battery. We can examine the issue and locate the source of the problem. Scheduled maintenances are good practices to keep up to date on because it helps ensure a safe and reliable ride for when you travel.