The car battery is one of the most important parts of an automobile because it is a part that produces the necessary electricity for the automobile.
If your car battery is dead, you can recondition the battery through various methods which would save you a lot in the long run.
In this article, I’ll be explaining you the top 5 tips to maintain your car battery for a good efficient performance.
In order to save your battery duration, here are several tips on how to properly maintain battery use:
Check Car Fluids Periodically
The rechargeable liquid – also known as the electrolyte, is a mixture of sulfuric acid and distilled water. These ingredients are necessary to be filled above the car battery which is visibly seen through the filling holes at the top.
Some batteries are completely sealed and do not need to be recharged, but a majority of them become diminished over time due to the evaporation of water from the electrolyte. When checking and recharging the battery, one should remove the plugs or cover from the charging port and refill the battery acid to the required level.
Keep batteries in a transparent case with an external label of the required fluid level. Make sure that the electrolyte fluid doesn’t spill onto you or the car’s color, as the fluid can create corrosion. If the level in once cells falls more than another, it is likely to be damaged and you will need to change the entire battery.
If the battery level requires more recharging, it is likely that the battery is damaged and charging more than needed. In this case, have your car electrician/mechanic check the power supplies.
There are a few types of battery connectors and the same rules apply – the connecting surfaces, both the connects and battery terminals must be clean of dirt and corrosion and firmly tightened.
Using vinegar to remove any dust or dirt from the clamps, then clean the clamps with sanding paper or a wire brush until the metal is shiny. The connector face should be cleaned with sandpaper or a thin metal file. Grease the terminals with gel (not using grease) and re-attach the connectors.
Charging the battery
Frequent short trips at night or bad weather with the headlights, wipers and heaters can drain energy levels from the battery more than the generator can replace. Again, the battery will be too weak to start the starter – an early sign of weakness becomes clear when the engine has a difficult time starting and turning.
If the test shows that the connections are correct, remove the battery and charge it at an auto shop or by yourself. At auto shops, you can purchase several varieties of chargers. Purchase the one with a high and low circuit level that will show on an ammeter while it is working. Before starting, remove the plug caps or lid from the battery so that the gas that generates the electrolytic fluid does not leak out.
Do not charge the battery in a closed or non- ventilated area as a spark can ignite a gas and evaporate. Majority of batteries have a capacity of 48 amps. In any case, you need to check how much battery capacity is needed for your car. Frequent heavy charging can damage the battery, it is better to charge the battery at a lower power level with a longer duration or even leave the battery to charge overnight.
Extreme temperatures will affect the performance
Batteries can get damaged due to extreme temperatures, this is a normal chemical process that occurs due to high outdoor temperatures, specifically in the summer as temperatures are increasing under the hood of the car. This increases the internal resistant (the car battery creates a high active resistance) and the efficiency of the car battery decreases.
In the winter, due to low temperatures, the electrochemical recharge and discharge is slower than in summer, the battery is charging slower and using less energy. During cold weather, the defogging and heating the rear windows, seats, ventilation and the lighting uses a large part of the electrical energy produced by the generator, so there is less power to charge the battery.
Therefore, there is an increase in the consumption of electrical energy starting the engine, which is higher in winter with diesel engines. The battery can also lose power due to higher air humidity that can occur during autumn and spring during foggy nights or rain because batteries will absorb while favoring roaming currents, creating leakage or leaving the battery empty.
Don’t leave the battery ON unnecessarily
Leaving the lights or AC ON in the car is the worst way to improve the battery health. Even if the lights don’t seem to use much of a battery, it will at least reduce its lifespan profusely. However, there are some devices that constantly consume electricity even when the key is removed from the ignition.
For example, this is the alarm – It is always on and ready. The same goes for the memory functions of an audio device, the central computer, the seating (for luxurious cars, of course). Even a house consumed electrical energy. In a very small quantity, the consumption of all devices and systems is collected, even if it’s over a large period of time, impacting on the battery can be serious. It is very important that all users turn off when starting the engine, lights, heating, audio, wipers, etc. Every additional user increases the chock the battery survives during startup.
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