How to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery

replace a car batteryYour car’s battery is something you rarely think about until there is an issue with it. With the average car battery lasting anywhere from 2 to 5 years, wouldn’t you like to be on the longer lasting side of that spectrum? Not only will you reap economic benefits from replacing your battery less often, you will also avoid stress.

When thinking or talking about how well your car runs, you may encounter the term “health” being used a lot. Well, a healthy battery is a long lasting and reliable battery. Most of the fixes and tweaks are extremely simple, and some are even no-brainers, however following all of them is sure to extend the life of your battery to its full potential.

  1. One of the most common ways to drain an entire battery in a single night is leaving your car’s lights on, whether it be your headlights, or the lights being on in the interior, supplying power to them for more than a few hours without the engine running can drain your battery, leaving you without a ride in the morning.
  1. Taking too many short trips in your car can also drain the battery. Since gas powered automobiles recharge their batteries via the engine, it is good for your battery’s health to take it for a drive every once in awhile that lasts longer than 20 minutes. If you make many short commutes every week, try to find somewhere that is further than 20 minutes away to go to at least once a week.
  1. Cleaning the terminals of your battery can also be extremely beneficial. If there is dirt or other types of residue on the terminals, it can block electricity from flowing efficiently through them. Make sure that you use extreme caution while you clean your battery, and make sure you are doing it the right way. Consider searching for a video or other guide if you want to be completely sure you are doing it the right way.
  1. If you are sitting in the car waiting for someone or something, you might be using accessories that are draining your battery, if you use a third party GPS, a phone charger, or some other accessory that needs to tap into your car’s power.

There are many other small tips on the internet that can help you prolong your battery, one other good tip is that if you leave your car for a long period of time (say you go on vacation or something) you should disconnect your battery due to the fact that your car uses a very small amount of power even if it is off and the security system is disabled. This may seem counter-intuitive, but it is undoubtedly true.

Sometimes the best option for people is to completely replace a car battery. This can sometimes be a bit tricky if you have no previous experience with car maintenance. If you want to avoid replacing it yourself, we’d like you to know that Jan’s Towing offers fast & reliable battery replacement service everywhere in the San Gabriel Valley, such as Azusa, Glendora, Covina, West Covina, Arcadia, Irwindale, Baldwin Park, and San Dimas.  In Inland Empire, we service the cities of Fontana, Rialto, Bloomington, Rancho Cucamonga, and Ontario.  We will respond immediately on a 24/7 basis, so give us a call right now at (626) 914-1841 if you are in need of car battery replacement!

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