With today’s high tech vehicles, along with a variety electronics we take with us in the car, a strong car battery is more important than ever. So, if your family is on a road trip or just driving around Long Beach running errands you need your devices working. Some of these devices may be playing your favorite music, navigating you to your destination, entertaining the kids with movies, games and more. With that being said, your car battery is a crucial part of your vehicle. In addition to powering all your gadgets, your battery sends power to the starter to turn over the engine and stores electricity generated by the alternator to maintain power. Furthermore extending the life of your car battery will also help you avoid an untimely breakdown.
Additionally, the reality about car batteries is their lifespan is usually only three to five years, and there are multiple factors that can reduce that lifespan. So to help you get the most out of your vehicle’s battery here are a few tips.
Try To Avoid Short Trips
If your vehicle sits unused for long periods of time try to occasionally take extended trip to help the battery regain a full charge. If you know your vehicle will have extended periods of infrequent use, invest in a charger that can supply a low power to help your battery maintain a full charge and not drain down completely.
Be Cautious Of Extreme Weather
Extreme temperatures, both hot and cold can be detrimental to your vehicles battery. As everyone knows Long Beach has hot summers that can cause your vehicle’s battery to age more quickly. And if you’re visiting our local mountains with snow that can also also be hard on your battery, as it causes our vehicle to use up more power. As a reminder don’t forget to test your battery in every season, not just when it gets cold or hot.
Keep Accessories Off When Starting The Engine
Seat warmers, heated steering wheels, lights, radio, cell phones, climate control and navigation systems are all a drain on your vehicle’s battery. When starting your vehicle, especially in cold weather. A good tip is to turn everything off when you exit your vehicle so you don’t have to worry about them when you have to rush out.
Clean Battery Terminals And Test Your Battery
Your vehicle’s battery requires maintenance and testing. Occasionally check the battery’s connections to make sure that they are secure and clean and aren’t showing any signs of corrosion. Batteries can routinely develop a powdery substance where the cables connect to the terminals. Most newer vehicles have a waring light on the dash to indicate if the battery isn’t maintaining a full charge or may not be able to accept a recharge. If not, replace the battery immediately.
At Orozco’s Auto Service we know everyone’s not up for the challenge of cleaning terminals cables to maintain and check their battery. If your vehicle has any of the above signs or you feel your vehicle’s battery needs service or are not sure and would like to have it diagnosed, call Orozco’s Auto Service of Long Beach Downtown today at 562-426-6322. Keep your vehicle in good condition and ensure the safety of yourself, your loved ones, and those around you!
Orozco’s Auto Service Long Beach – Los Angeles County CA
3033 Long Beach Blvd., Long Beach, CA USA
Call Today: 562-426-6322 – Auto/Fleet/Diesel Service Repair