With today’s high tech cars and trucks, along with the endless mobile electronics we take with us we all need a strong car battery. Weather you’re on a family road trip or just doing local errands in Bellflower you need your electronic devices to keep working. Some of these electronics may be playing your music, finding your destination, entertaining your children with movies and more. Your car’s battery is crucial part of your vehicle, it sends power to the starter to turn over the engine and stores electricity generated by the alternator to maintain power. So besides powering all the latest gadgets extending the life of your car battery can help you avoid an untimely breakdown.
The truth about car batteries is the only last a few years, if your lucky three to five, and there are multiple factors that can reduce their lifespan. To help you get the most out of your vehicle’s battery here are a few tips.
Keep Accessories Off When Starting The Engine
Seat warmers, heated steering wheels, lights, radio, cell phones, climate control and navigation systems are all a drain on your vehicle’s battery. When starting your vehicle, especially in cold weather. A good tip is to turn everything off when you exit your vehicle so you don’t have to worry about them when you have to rush out.
Avoid Short Trips
If your vehicle sites unused for long periods try to occasionally take extended trip to help the battery regain a full charge. If you know your vehicle will have extended periods of infrequent use, invest in a charger that can supply a low power to help your battery maintain a full charge and not drain down completely.
Be Cautious Of Extreme Weather
Extreme temperatures can be detrimental to your vehicles battery. In Bellflower our hot summers can cause your vehicle’s battery to age more quickly. And if you’re staying in a colder climate with snow that can also also be hard on our battery, as it causes our vehicle to use up more power. Don’t forget to test your battery in every season, not just when it gets cold.
Clean Battery Terminals And Test Your Battery
Your vehicle’s battery requires maintenance and testing. Occasionally check the battery’s connections to make sure that they are secure and clean and aren’t showing any signs of corrosion.
Batteries can routinely develop a powdery substance where the cables connect to the terminals. If you’re up for it, start by disconnecting the cables. Then, in a small container, mix two tablespoons of baking soda with an equal amount of water and blend to form a paste. Use a toothbrush to apply the paste to each terminal, followed by a wire brush to remove the residue. Finally, wipe the terminals dry with a clean towel before reconnecting them. There are also special corrosion cleaner sprays, terminal protection sprays, and battery terminal cleaning tools you can purchase to make this process easier.
Most newer vehicles have a waring light on the dash to indicate if the battery isn’t maintaining a full charge or may not be able to accept a recharge. If not, replace the battery immediately.
At Orozco’s Auto Service we know everyone’s not up for the challenge of diving into their engine to maintain and check their battery. If your vehicle has any of the above signs or you feel your vehicle’s battery needs service or are not sure and would like to have it diagnosed, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Bellflower today at (562) 920-1871. Keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
Orozco’s Auto Service Bellflower – Los Angeles County CA
9665 Alondra Blvd. Bellflower, CA 90706, USA
Call Today: 562-920-1871 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repair
Orozco’s Auto Service has five convenient locations throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties Long Beach, Bellflower, Garden Grove or Fullerton!