Do you always find yourself having battery problems
with your car? Are you cycling through a new battery every one or two years? While
you may think that these are standard battery practices, you could easily
extended the life of your battery so you aren't making as many trips to have
your battery replaced.
At Nissan of Bowie, we want to see you take care of battery
the most efficient way possible. That's why we are providing the Crofton,
Washington D.C. and Annapolis regions with our best tips to extend the life of
your car's battery. For battery repair
services in Bowie, MD, schedule an appointment today at Nissan of Bowie.
1. Keep your battery
Inspecting your battery roughly once a month should help you
identify and eliminate corrosion on your battery terminals or battery clamps.
It's very important that you continue to check for this corrosion, because
corrosion leads to power resistance and will completely kill your battery's
ability to do its job. Serious corrosion can even lead to a whole new battery.
2. Make sure your
battery is secure in its tray.
A battery that isn't secure is more prone to damage when
your car bounces and shakes around. This could seriously affect your battery's
terminals, cause your battery to leak its acid, short circuit or even cause
damage to your car which will result in a much more costly repair.
3. Avoid frequent
Short trips aren't good for your battery because they don't
give your alternator a chance to kick in and start charging your battery while
your motor is running. This drains your battery and doesn't give it a chance to
gain anything back, leading to premature death of your battery.
4. Don't operate your
car accessories when your car isn't on.
If you want to heat up your car before you get into it, make
sure your motor is running. Operating your car accessories, like your radio,
heater or AC without your motor running will drain your battery, because once
again, the alternator isn't running and won't be able to charge your battery.
Side note: If you notice that your battery is draining when
your car is off, it's extremely important that you bring your car in for
service to check to see if there is a parasitic drain affecting your battery.
5. Invest in a
A battery charger will help your battery maintain a stable
charger when your car is not in use. This could be extremely helpful if you are
going on vacation or don't drive your car on a regular basis. Nowadays, battery
chargers are extremely advanced and can determine the outside temperature and
will automatically adjust how the battery charges based on the conditions.
If you follow these practices, you're bound to experience a
much longer battery life in your vehicle. And if you have any problems with
your battery, or need a battery replacement, the service center at Nissan of
Bowie is dedicated to providing the Crofton, Washington D.C., and Annapolis
communities with the best battery service in
Bowie available. Stop in today or schedule your next
appointment with us online.