Tips for Maintaining Your Car Battery

When thinking about car maintenance, most people neglect the battery. Temperature, humidity and other factors can affect the lifespan of a car battery. Mavis recommends checking the battery at 4 years or older.

Temperature extremes and frequent short trips strain the battery and shorten its life because it never achieves its full charge. Combining your errands into one tripwill help maximize the charge of a battery.

LC Article - Get the Most Out of Your Car Battery
Visually Inspect Your battery

Check the posts for corrosion, which is a crust-like discoloration on the battery terminal and cables. Signs of corrosion mean your battery is no longer working as well as it should. Look for cracks, leaks, bulging, or any other deformities in the battery's housing. Secure the hold-down bar which ensures your battery is seated snugly and minimizes vibration.

Clean Up Corrosion

You can purchase battery cleaning spray specifically designed to clean up corrosion. Simply follow the instructions on the container. And finally if you’d rather have a professional service your battery, the experts at Mavis Tires and Brakes are available to assist.

Seek a Professional

If your battery is properly maintained and charged, but your car still doesn't start, there may be a problem with your other systems. Take your vehicle to your local Mavis Tires and Brakes, and we will run diagnostics to determine what the issues are.