The average life of a battery
On average, your vehicle’s battery should last two to five years. One of the most important factors in determining the life of your battery is the weather. When your vehicle’s engine is running, it’s going to produce a high level of heat. When you mix in a scorching hot day, it’s going to severely drain your car battery’s life, which eventually leads to a dead battery if you don’t take proper summer driving precautions. Warm weather also causes the fluid in your battery to evaporate, which can damage your battery’s internal structure. So the average life of your battery will be shorter in warmer climates like we have here in Georgia. Be sure to check your battery often and bring it in to Thomson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram if you need your battery replaced.
Limit short trips
When you take a quick car ride, your battery is prevented from fully charging. The best way to extend your battery’s life is to drive your vehicle frequently and for long, extended periods. If you tend not to drive your vehicle often, you might want to consider getting a portable car battery charger. Portable battery chargers can jump start your vehicle without the need for another vehicle if you ever get stranded.
Keep your batteries wires fastened
If your battery is not securely fastened, it will lead to vibration, which can cause internal damage and short circuits. Be sure to have your battery terminal checked regularly, especially if you drive on bumpy roads, to ensure that all of your connections are tight and properly positioned in the mounting bracket. If you need to have your battery checked, be sure to make an appointment to see our technicians here at Thomson Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM.
Control the corrosion and test your battery often
Your battery’s terminals will corrode over time, but keeping them clean from buildup is a great way to extend your battery’s life. To clean your battery, take a toothbrush dipped in baking soda and a water mixture thoroughly scrub the terminals. Then, take a spray bottle with cold water to rinse the mixture off and follow that up by drying it with a clean cloth. Once you have thoroughly cleaned the battery, you will want to make sure you test it. Knowing the condition that your car battery is in will go a long way towards maximizing its life. You can test your battery’s output voltage level with a car battery tester to keep track of how you’re maintaining it and if you need a new one.
Don’t use electronics while idling and turn your lights off
While you are idling in your vehicle, be sure to turn off the radio and air conditioner so that you put less wear and tear on your battery. Extended periods of idling can also help wear your battery down. When you leave your vehicle, accidentally keeping your headlights or car door lights on can put a heavy strain on your vehicle’s battery. We know that things happen, and you may forget, but to keep you from forgetting, try posting a note on your dashboard or attach a sticker reminder on your car remote, or park in a direction where you must walk past your headlights to get to your destination.
Get your battery tested at Thomson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram
If you have gotten to the point where your battery needs to be checked or changed, make an appointment with our highly skilled technicians at Thomson Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram. We have the know-how to get your vehicle running like new again, and we can get your battery repair done in no time. You can either make an appointment in person at our dealership or on our website.