3 Ways To Keep Your Car’s Battery Health In Check When Not In Use

During the pandemic, many of us had to stay in our houses for extended periods. As a result, our cars were left sitting idle in the garage or parking lot. Now as things are slowly and gradually going back to normal people are taking out their cars more. But since most people are still working remotely, they drive fewer kilometers these days and that has increased the instances of dead batteries.

No matter whether your vehicle is a hybrid, fuel-powered, or electric, many operations depend on the battery. Now modern vehicles are more electronically sophisticated from the door locks to adjustable seats everything depends upon the electronics which puts more demand on the batteries. So, even if your vehicle is sitting idle in your garage the electronics of your car will still draw power from the battery, and the short trips you make to the grocery store won’t give your car enough time to fully charge its battery. Along with long periods of vehicle inactivity sulfation can occur leading to a dead battery.

Though more in-house activities and less driving have become our new normal, dead batteries have to be dealt with. No one likes to wait for roadside assistance in the middle of the road. Just like a cell phone battery, your car’s batteries are rechargeable. In this blog post, we will discuss the 3 steps that you can take to ensure your car’s battery remains healthy.

Dispense Your Security System If In A Secure Garage

If your vehicle is parked in a safe and secure garage then you can turn off the security system of your vehicle. By turning off the alarm system you will be able to save your battery from draining. If your car is just sitting in the garage the security system will start to drain your battery. So, if you have a secured parking garage you can switch off the alarm system and protect your battery from draining.

Drive Your Car 30 Minutes To Charge It

When your car sits idle in your garage its battery keeps all the memory stored for the different electronic systems of the vehicle. Though the car is not being used the battery will still keep on draining. Many people think that driving their vehicles for short trips once a week will charge their vehicle’s battery. But in reality, these short trips do not give the boost your vehicle’s battery needs to recharge sufficiently. Therefore if you want to preserve the health of your battery you should drive it at least for 30 minutes at highway speed. This will give the boost your car’s battery needs and will help it to recharge sufficiently.

Disconnect The Negative Terminals Of The Battery

There are many components in your car as mentioned above like computers, security alarms, and other electronic systems that continue to draw power from your car’s battery even when the car’s battery is off. You can disconnect the negative terminal of your car to save the battery from draining. But make sure that the negative terminal of your battery does not touch the positive terminal of your battery as this can damage the electrical parts or components of your vehicle. Here are ways you can disconnect the negative terminal of your battery safely.

  • Remove your jewelry and wear protective eyewear and gloves.
  • Find the negative terminal on top of your battery.
  • Use the socket wrench to loosen the nut on the negative terminal of the battery.
  • Then disconnect the negative terminal by pulling it off.
  • And lastly, set it aside away from the battery.

Disclaimer: If you don’t have any experience in dealing with car batteries, don’t follow this method. It is better to call roadside assistance or a mechanic to remove the negative terminal if you know you will not be using your car for a few days, weeks, or months.

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