We’ve all been there. You’ve left your car unused for too long, you’ve accidentally kept your lights switched on or you’ve just skipped one too many services and found your battery needed replacing unexpectedly.
Car maintenance is all about preventing unforeseen surprises and keeping your car running smoothly for as long as you can. Although no car battery is going to last forever, the longer you can keep it happy, the fewer headaches you’ll have down the road.
If you want to begin 2022 off the right way, why not start with learning how to maintain your car battery? It’s easier than you think. At Mantello PEUGEOT, we’ve put together this simple guide for how to maintain your car battery in 2022 and beyond.
What’s your voltage?
To test your battery voltage, you can either take your car to a qualified mechanic for a service or purchase an at-home testing device. These devices (called voltmeters) are easy to use and provide an accurate reading for your car battery.
All you need to do is connect the positive voltmeter lead to the positive terminal on your battery, and the same with the negative. This should only be done once your car has been turned off for at least 12 hours. After connecting the leads, you’ll receive a reading, which should be between 12.4 and 12.8 volts if it’s fully charged. If it’s outside this range, take the car to a mechanic for expert advice.
Don’t leave your car unused
Car batteries keep charging using an alternator. This means that, while your engine is running, there are mechanisms in place to create kinetic energy that becomes transferable and tops up your battery.
Part of maintaining your car properly is ensuring your car doesn’t go unused for days at a time, because then the battery can go flat. Taking your car out for a 30-minute drive each week will ensure the engine gets warmed up and the fluids are well circulated.
Did you know that your car’s battery can be affected by the outside temperature? When it’s very cold outside, the electrolyte solution in your car can struggle to hold its charge. There are lots of reasons to keep your car in an undercover garage and maintaining your car’s battery life is one of them.
Get your car serviced
At Mantello PEUGEOT Roxburgh Park, we know how important regular servicing is to the upkeep of your vehicle. Whether you need a qualified PEUGEOT mechanic to check your battery, get your tyres rotated or do something else, we’re here for you.
We believe that every car should look and perform just new for years after you drive it away, which is why our technicians are trained to give you the best service possible.
Contact us today to book a service at Mantello PEUGEOT Roxburgh Park.