You get in your car and you drive it every day. To your job, to a friend’s house on the weekends, the gym, grocery store, and your favorite shopping center. You are sure to fuel up as needed, you get your oil changed at the nearby auto shop, and you make sure your tires are in ship shape for every season. But what about all that business going on under your hood? Among all those parts is your car’s vital power source: the battery. Needless to say, you can’t go far without it and you would most likely be walking everywhere without it.
Just as you put oil in the engine to keep it running, it is important to know how to take care of your car’s battery to keep it running smoothly and to know when it is time to replace your car battery. To ensure your vehicle has great health, longer, you need to be sure you are taking care of every aspect of it!
Below are a couple of simple tips and tricks to ensure you are doing all you can to have a perfectly healthy car.
Staying On The Road
There are a couple of things you can do to prolong the life of your car’s battery, such as keeping it clean and keeping an eye on the battery water level. You should also plan your errands and outings so you are starting your car over less often which will help lengthen the lifespan of your car’s battery!
A Battery’s Lifetime
It’s also important to know when it’s time to replace your car battery. A car battery can become worn down in as little as three years, and most are ready to be replaced by year five. Some indicators of your battery needing replacement are slow engine cranks, low battery fluid, or a battery leak. You can track the health of your battery and any potential issues with a vehicle health monitor to simplify the process.
Keep in mind most newer cars have some pretty high-end tech systems which wear your battery down over time. These advanced computer systems cause a much bigger strain on a vehicle’s battery than an older model would. This could cause an earlier battery replacement for your car.
So whether you are driving your car off the lot or you have managed to keep it running for years, it is important to stay on top of your car’s battery and keep it running smoothly. Monitor its health and know when it is time to replace it. Stay safe out there!