Use these tips to take care of your vehicle's battery

Published On 06-Jan-2016 09:11:40By Anand Priyadarshi

There are are various parts of a vehicle that need to be cared for, like engine, suspension, tyres, etc. One of those components is the vehicle's battery. Apart from powering the electrical system of the vehicle, it is needed to start the car. A vehicle's battery has quite a tough job to do, as it is supposed to dole out low-duration high intensity pulses to start the car, while also powering the various electrical equipment on a vehicle. Hence, the battery discharges fast. The recharging system does not recharge the battery at a high speed, resulting in it losing some of its charge-holding capacity if it is not charged fully.

Vehicle Battery care tips

Now that you know what happens, we have a few tips for you that can help you get it up to full charge. Note that these tips are to be observed before recharging:

1.)Make sure the battery terminals are clean and not corroding. This leads to efficient charging of the battery, reducing the time needed to bring it up to full charge.

2.)Do not charge a dried-out battery. If it has not dried out but water level is low in cells, add distilled water to its cells.

3.)Follow the instructions laid out in the owner's manual for your vehicle. These tell you if there is a better way to recharge the battery than the one you are using.

However, it is not only at the time of charging that you need to exercise care. There are some tips that help you in taking care of your vehicle's battery at other times as well.

Here are some of those tips:

1.) Never store a partially-charged battery. Charge the battery fully in case you feel like leaving your vehicle at home for some time. A great way to do this is by taking your car for spin around town.

2.) While we are at storage, do remove the battery from your vehicle to ensure it does not drain over time and sulfation does not occur on battery terminals.

3.) Check the battery terminals every now and then to ensure the terminals are clean, snug and protected from dust, dirt, etc. If they are corroding, use a solution of water and baking soda and scrub off the corrosion.

4.) Lastly, whenever you park your vehicle, ensure that all the lights and accessories have been switched off/unplugged. Extra care needs to be taken in case of cars to turn off/unplug all the accessories as they do not switch off all the accessories with the engine like two-wheelers do.

We hope these tips come in handy and help you in getting the most out of your vehicle's battery. Since you spend your hard-earned money on buying a battery and would want to use it for longer, here are some tips to help extend its lifespan.

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