How To Increase The Life Of Your Car Battery 

How To Increase The Life Of Your Car Battery 

At one time another in your life, and especially for those who have cars which have been purchased in the last decade, you may find yourself faced with the unpleasant situation of being unable to start you car because the battery is dead, in which case you will probably have to jump-start it. There are various reasons why this can happen, and one of them is that the battery has been worn out and needs to be replaced.

This is because car batteries only have a lifespan of about 5 years until they no longer hold their charge. However there are various things you can to do to ensure you get the maximum life from your car battery. Keep reading and let ONEhowto explain how to increase the life of your car battery with some simple care and maintenance.

Steps to follow:

If you can, avoid subjecting our car to very low temperatures, as this will inevitable drain the battery.


In the event that you are going to be away for a long time without using the car, you should completely disconnect the battery. Otherwise, there are very high chances that when we return to use the car, the battery might not working. See our article on how to disconnect a car battery.


If you are in the car without having the engine running, avoid using elements that use the battery as a power source such as lights, heating or entertainment system...


If your car is a little older than most, as well as the other steps you will need to keep an eye on the level of distilled water. The latest cars, however, no longer need such maintenance - check your manual to be sure.


The proper care and maintenance of battery terminals is also important. To prevent rust, you can use Vaseline or a specific aerosol found in most shops. It will also be important toclean the battery terminals in your car if there's poor contact.


We know that it takes at least ten kilometres of travel for the battery to recover completely, so that we must combine our short trips with longer trips that exceed this distance.


Sometimes it may be necessary to charge the car battery and, every 5 years or so it will also be time to change the vehicle's battery. Browse our articles to learn to do it yourself!

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