Tips for Keeping Your Car Battery Long Lasting
It’s no secret that keeping your car’s parts and systems ready for the roads of D’Iberville, Hattiesburg, and Gulfport requires regular care. In the case of your car battery, “regular care” means much more than just routine maintenance.
At Pat Peck Kia, we want to share some of our favorite tips for keeping your car battery long-lasting. They range from practicing good driving habits to routine services, and we’re here to tell you all about them! If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
How Long Does a Car Battery Last?
Car batteries typically last anywhere between two to five years before they need replacement (batteries for hybrid and electric cars often last even longer). It’s in your interest to extend that lifespan by using our tips for keeping your car battery running longer.
Many factors affect the length of your battery life, including the climate you live in. For that reason, it’s a good idea to keep your car in a temperature-controlled garage in the heat of those Mississippi summers. If that’s not possible, you can remove your car battery and bring it indoors on the hottest of hot days.
Cut Down on the Short Rides
You might think short rides would be less wearing on your car, but that’s not the case for your car battery. Quick car rides can keep your battery from fully charging. To get that complete charge (and prevent its total capacity from weakening), it’s critical that you drive your car regularly and for longer periods of time.
If you don’t drive often, a portable battery charger can be a good investment. Since cars used less regularly are more prone to drained batteries, you’ll have the backup you need to charge your battery. It may come in handy, if no other cars are around to jump-start yours.
Turn Off Lights & Electronics
No, we don’t mean while you’re driving! However, when your car is idling, it’s good practice to turn off the radio and air conditioning or climate control. This will put less wear and tear on your battery since the engine isn’t running to recharge it. When you exit the vehicle, remember to turn off all the lights—especially headlights!
Inspect Your Battery Often
To properly inspect your car battery, you’ll need to do several things. First and foremost, you should test the battery often to ensure its output voltage level is well maintained. You can do it from home, with your own car battery tester, or schedule a battery test at a reputable auto service center.
Is your battery tightly fastened? Loose batteries can shake and vibrate while you drive, potentially leading to shorted circuits and other internal damage. Make sure the battery is positioned in the mounting bracket just the way it should be, and you can avoid this problem.
One more thing: Checking the terminals for corrosion is a good idea. You can keep them clean of buildup by scrubbing them with a mixture of baking soda and water and then rinsing and drying.
Schedule Battery Service with Us!
We hope you find our tips useful. If you need a battery test, replacement, or other battery service, make your appointment at the Pat Peck Kia Service Center. Our trained technicians will make sure you have the charged-up engine you need for the roads of D’Iberville, Gulfport, and Hattiesburg!