Get the Most of Your Car Battery’s Life

November 25th, 2016 by

You don’t think about it until there’s a problem. Unfortunately, if there’s a problem, it’s already too late. Your car’s battery is the most common reason your car won’t start, and it gets overlooked more often than not.

Who wants to be stranded in a parking lot with a trunk full of groceries in the dead of winter? Who wants to hear the weak cranking when the key is turned in the sweltering heat of summer? Nobody, that’s who.

So take care of your Toyota’s battery. Here are a few ways to get the most life from your car’s battery.

Keep Your Battery Fully Charged

Yes, that’s the alternator’s job. But if you do mainly short trips, your alternator may not have enough time to replenish the power you’ve sapped from the battery when you started your car. Over time, that means your battery’s low charge may not turn the engine over. You’ll need a boost or recharge, and that can take a toll on your battery’s life.

Protect Your Battery from Freezing

It’s the kiss of death for a car battery. Once the fluid inside has frozen, there’s almost no doubt you’ll have to replace it. It won’t freeze, though, if it’s charged. If you aren’t driving your car for a few days or weeks and it’s left outside in the cold, put a trickle charger on it to keep it fully charged.

Make Sure Your Accessories are Working

If electrical options are malfunctioning, it can take out your car battery as well. If you have electrical gremlins wreaking havoc in your car, from windshield wiper issues to radio or remote starter problems, get them repaired before they create additional repairs and expenses for you.

Get Your Car Battery Tested

If you notice your engine is turning over slowly, it could be a weak battery. You should have it tested every spring and fall anyway, but get your car battery tested if there are symptoms between seasonal services.

The average lifetime for a car battery is three to five years, however caring for your Toyota’s battery can make it last longer in many cases. If you need battery diagnosis or testing in Kansas City, or if you need a new battery for your Toyota, visit Jay Wolfe Toyota. We’ll get you fixed up right with expert service and quality replacement batteries on all models, no matter how old.

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