Of all the things that could go wrong with your vehicle, having a flat battery is probably the worst of the lot. And at some point, or the other, we’ve all been through this. And to make matters worse, there is little to no warning signs shown prior. Add to that the chances of you being outdoors and away from home. Unless you do your research on some of the best luxury SUV in India, like the Jaguar F-PACE.
With a limited life span just like mobile phone or laptop batteries, lead-acid car batteries will eventually lose their ability to hold sufficient charge to start your car. And this is even more susceptible to happen in used luxury cars.
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Lead-acid batteries usually last for up to 42 months which also depends on a number of variables. Hot, cold or humid climates, length of every journey and the performance of your car’s charging circuit.
Here are a few tips and check points that might help you get more from your battery:
1. Skip the short trips
Every time you hit the ignition, your engine drains your battery, bit by bit. And its recharged by the engine once you’re on your way to the destination. But, if your trip’s a short one, the battery barely gets any recharge time. And repeating the process on an everyday basis, will only drain the battery further. Keep long drives as frequent as you can, and if you don’t use your car very often, consider investing in a battery charger to help maintain the correct voltage.
2. Tighten your battery's belt
Every trip, every drive down the road, short or long makes the battery strap vibrate and loosen up a little. It is extremely vital you utilize a high-quality battery clamp and ensure the belt’s held down at all times. These excessive vibrations can damage the battery’s internal components – resulting in short circuits and eventually reducing the battery’s life.
3. Minimize power used while engine is off
When at a 100%, car batteries perform at their very best. Keeping a check on the car’s headlights, interior lights and functions while the engine’s shut, can go a long way in your battery’s life. Once you’ve reached your destination, make sure all the accessories are turned off and glance over that the lighting too as you exit the car. If your battery’s voltage has dropped below 12.5 volts, recharging the battery as soon as possible is the ideal thing to do.
4. Don’t leave the car unused for long periods
All the points above cover one thing for certain. To keep the lead-acid car batteries fully charged. All lead-acid batteries naturally lose charge over time - something which is referred to as ‘self-discharge’. Leaving your vehicle unused for a while can increase the rate of discharge. It’s advisable to connect a trickle charger to keep the battery in a good condition.
5. Too hot, is too dangerous
People might think that batteries die off quicker or are more damaged during the winters. But that isn’t true. The output required from a battery is more, true. But that is only partly the reason for the wear and tear of the battery. During the summers, extreme heat hits the batteries real hard as it increases the rate of water evaporation from the cells. Try reducing the temperatures in which the battery is used. Park your car in under as much shade as possible.