Car batteries typically have a lifespan of 1.5 to 3 years, depending on how well you maintain them. With these easy-to-follow car battery care tips, it is possible to make your battery last to its maximum lifespan. It is best to get your battery checked regularly to prevent breakdown.
Lead plates and sulphuric acid are contained inside a car battery. Through chemical reactions, the energy is converted into electricity. This electricity then powers all electronic components in your car including windows, headlights, and most importantly, your engine starter, and spark plug. One of the main causes of car breakdown is a faulty or flat car battery.
Here are a few common signs to know when your car battery is about to die:
- Your headlights are dimmer than usual
- Ignition is longer than usual to start the car
- Problem with electrical components; power window, power seat, radio, horn, etc
To help your battery last longer:
Check and clean the battery terminal with a semi-hard bristled brush
A toothbrush, for example. Use it to scrub the top and edges of the battery cap and battery posts to remove corrosion build-up.
Rinse the battery with cool water
Wash away the residue and dry the battery with a clean cloth.
Get a mechanic to check your battery
It is always best to get your car checked regularly by a professional. Mechanics would usually use a multimeter to test your car battery. A healthy car battery should register between 12.6 and 12.8 volts.
In case you need help with a dead battery, read our guide on how to change a battery without losing your car memory. Or, you can get the ROGER app. Once you’ve registered your car in the ROGER app, we know what battery best suits your car model. Prices are shown in-app with no hidden charges. We deliver and install too!