Monitoring Your Car Battery

Your car battery is, simply put, the powerhouse behind all vehicular operations. Without it, your car would not start… We are here to explain how to monitor your car battery!

Car batteries provide us with the most mystery. There is no foreseeing when your car battery will shut down – your battery light is your first visual indication that something might be wrong. When it turns on, however, it should be addressed immediately. This event can become quite troublesome if you are on a long stretch of highway in the middle of nowhere late at night (worst case scenario).

Monitoring Your Car Battery

How can you monitor your car battery?

It is best to know from the get-go that your car battery will last you about four years. Of course, this is an average. There is always a chance that it might last for a shorter period of time.

It is best to err on the side of caution and follow this rule of thumb. Several other factors come into play and can hinder the longevity of your car battery. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Extreme heat
  • Short commutes – this is because the battery never fully charges from the initial jolt of electricity
  • Using your AV car socket for electronics
  • Turning your lights off when they are not required

Your battery’s condition can be checked with an electronic tester which is often available at your local automotive shop or mechanic. As well, visual signs of corrosion are a definite red flag and should be addressed appropriately with the proper personal protective equipment. The acid contained in car batteries must be handled with caution if there is a chance of a leak.

Need a second opinion?

If you are not very familiar with, or do not feel comfortable with tampering around your car battery, get in touch with our team of experts today! We will be more than happy to take a look at the state of your car battery and provide you with suggestions based off of our findings. Contact us today!

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