Maintaining your vehicle’s vitality

Maintaining your vehicle’s vitality

A guide to ensuring a healthy car battery
AAA Staff
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As the calendar turns and the seasons change, it's essential to remember that it's not just the weather that requires attention – your trusty vehicle deserves some extra care, too. With the arrival of Car Care Month, there's no better time to focus on one of the most critical components of your vehicle: the battery. A well-maintained battery is essential for the smooth functioning of your car, ensuring that you're never left stranded at an inconvenient time. In this guide, we'll walk you through the key aspects to look for when checking your car's battery health.


Regular inspections

Like any other part of your vehicle, your car battery requires regular inspections. Ideally, you should inspect your battery every few months or whenever you notice a change in your vehicle's performance. Look for signs of corrosion around the terminals, which can hinder the flow of electricity. [Select AAA/CAA] offers free battery inspections to members and non-members alike! Our expert Battery Service Technicians will come to you anytime, anywhere, to ensure your car battery is good to go.


Voltage check

The voltage of your car battery can provide valuable insights into its health. A multimeter can be used to measure the voltage across the battery terminals. A fully charged battery should read around 12.6 to 12.8 volts. If the reading is significantly lower, it might be an indication that your battery is losing its charge and may need replacement.


Age matters

Batteries have a finite lifespan, usually around 3 to 5 years. If your battery is nearing the end of this range, it's wise to keep a closer eye on its performance. Even if your battery seems fine, it's often a good idea to start budgeting for a replacement, especially if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions that can accelerate battery deterioration.


Driving habits

Believe it or not, your driving habits can significantly impact your battery's health. Short trips and frequent starts can lead to a reduced charge, as the alternator might not have enough time to fully recharge the battery. Try to take your vehicle on longer drives occasionally to help maintain a healthy charge.


Environmental factors

Extreme temperatures can take a toll on your battery. High heat can cause the battery fluid to evaporate, leading to corrosion and damage. On the other hand, cold weather can reduce the battery's efficiency and make it harder for your vehicle to start. If you live in an area with particularly harsh weather conditions, it's crucial to be extra vigilant about your battery's health.

Your car's battery is the heart of your vehicle's electrical system and keeping it healthy is essential for a trouble-free driving experience. By performing regular inspections, monitoring voltage, conducting load tests, and paying attention to your driving habits and environmental conditions, you can ensure that your battery remains in optimal condition. Remember, proactive maintenance can save you from the inconvenience of a dead battery and unexpected breakdowns.


This Car Care Month, make it a priority to give your battery the attention it deserves by calling 1-800-222-4357 or visiting the link below to schedule your free battery inspection. Your vehicle will thank you with reliable performance mile after mile!

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