by Pit Stop Auto and Tire, Oct 18, 2016
Auto batteries do not have an infinite life. Your auto battery will expire at some point but there are some battery care tips you can follow to prolong the life of your car battery.
The main action you can take to extend the life of your battery is to keep it clean. Clean corrosion from the top of the battery first then from the wires connected to the battery. Use a wire brush-style post cleaner to clean corrosion around the battery cables. Baking soda is proven method for removing and neutralizing battery acid before it gets on your hands. Use these at home tools to keep your auto battery clean.
Avoid leaving the battery running with the car turned off. An example would be leaving your headlights on for an extended time period after shutting off the vehicle's engine. This can quickly deteriorate you automobile battery.
Park you vehicle in a garage. Extreme temperatures can wear out your car battery. Park your vehicle in a garage during extremely warm or cold months where the temperature is moderately more regulated to extend the life of your battery.
You can add water to your battery to extend the auto battery's life. Gently remove the covers from the battery cells (if possible). A car battery contains a mixture of sulfuric acid and water. This mixture should be about a half inch deep or to the bottom of the fill hole. If it is not, add clean, DISTILLED water to the cell battery but do NOT overfill.
These steps can help you maintain your car battery but it will still eventually give out. Bring your car into Pit Stop Auto and Tire in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina for regular auto service so we can let you know when the battery needs to be replaced BEFORE you are left with a vehicle that will not turn over.