Your vehicle’s battery is an extremely important component. In order for an automotive battery to withstand the summer’s heat, it must remain in good condition. A simple battery check can prevent you from being stranded in an empty parking lot. Here are some critical battery maintenance tips that you should remember.
Test your battery
Before the hot weather arrives, it is a good idea to get a battery test. By purchasing a digital voltmeter, you can perform the battery test yourself. This electronic device can easily determine the health of your battery. If the battery’s voltage happens to be less than 12.29 volts, it is not fully charged. However, an overcharged battery can also signal a problem. If your battery is weakening, a trip to the mechanic may be in order to determine the cause.
Inspect the Battery
When performing a battery check, keep an eye out for any signs of corrosion. A buildup of acid can definitely make your vehicle hard to start. The battery terminals must remain clean at all times. In the event that one of the battery cables has worn out, it will need to be replaced immediately. After you have completed the battery check, apply a thin layer of dielectric grease around the terminals. This maintenance procedure will help prevent oxidation.
Check the Battery’s Expiration Date
Before leaving the manufacturing plant, automotive batteries are stamped with an expiration date. Never make the mistake of driving around with an expired battery. It is only a matter of time before the battery finally loses the ability to hold a charge.
Install the Correct Battery
Not every automobile uses the same type of battery. Not only do batteries have different amperage ratings, but they also come in a variety of different sizes. Installing the wrong type of battery can actually damage your charging system.
Car Fails to Start
In the event that your car fails to crank, be sure to perform a battery check. The problem may stem from a poor connection. Over time, the battery cables can become loose. Keep in mind that a bad starter can also cause the vehicle to not crank. Malfunctioning starters are known for making grinding and whining noises. Your vehicle’s alternator is another possible suspect. A malfunctioning alternator can quickly deplete a battery’s energy supply.
Prepare for Road Trips
During the summer months, a lot of motorists will be traveling more than usual. Even if your battery is fairly new, it is still a good idea to inspect it before hitting the road. A quick battery check will provide you with an extra sense of security.
Unsure about the age or condition of your battery? The professionals at Oldsmar Automotive will gladly take a look at your vehicle 6 days a week. Fill out our contact form or just come by the shop with any questions.