Car battery failure is one of the main causes of your vehicle breaking down. The battery allows the car to start by simply turning your key. It is essential that your car battery and other electrical components with your car operate without any issues. Without these your car will not function. Looking after your car battery is extremely important and needs care and attention from drivers. If you are unsure about car battery replacement and maintenance, the team at Bangor Tyre Company have created a list of tips to help you to keep your battery in top condition.
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Change Your Car Battery Every Four Years
It is recommended that your car battery should be replaced every four years. This will help to ensure that your car is running properly without any issues. There are a number of factors that can lead to your car battery having to be replaced more often than recommended. These include the temperature under your hood, if there is damage to the internal components of the battery, the surrounding areas have extreme hot and cold temperatures and the age of your car. It is a good idea to monitor the performance of your car battery as you don’t want your vehicle to break down in the road.
Clean the Battery
Overtime dirt and debris from the road can build up in your car battery. This can wear away metal components within your battery, including the battery terminals. We recommend cleaning the battery every few months to prevent any long term damage. You can create your own cleaning solution consisting of baking soda and water or alternatively you can use Ammonia-based window cleaners. When cleaning it is recommended to use a damp brush rather than having it soaking wet. Once you have finished cleaning the battery you should wipe it down to prevent battery corrosion due to the leftover cleaning solution.
Monitor Your Battery’s Acid Level
As a part of your car battery maintenance, you should check the acid level every six months. When the battery is charged below 80% and never received a full charge, it can lead to acid stratification taking place. This can put your battery’s health at risk and the electrolytes will gather at the bottom and neglect the upper half. This will have a negative impact on the acid level within your battery. Regular checks will make sure that the cells are filled equally and will prevent damage from taking place.
Check Your Battery’s Water Levels
Checking your battery’s water level is another thing you must consider when you are carrying out a car health check. The battery places should be fully covered in water. When these plates are exposed it will indicate that the battery fluid is low. To fix this you must fill the battery with distilled water until the plates are fully submerged. It is important to note that you should use distilled water rather than tap water as water from the tap contains minerals that can affect the performance of your battery.
If you are experiencing issues with your battery, tyres or any element of your vehicle do not hesitate to get in touch with us. Our team has a wealth of experience and their attention to detail will help you to get back on the road in no time. Book one of our services today to ensure your car is in the best condition for any journey.Get in Touch