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Battery Care

How to Care for your Battery

It’s probably one of the worst feelings. You turn your key in the ignition and… nothing. Your car is dead. Your first thought might be that you left the lights on or something that has drained the battery, but this isn’t always the case. In some cases, not even a jumpstart can revive your battery.

Batteries break sometimes. But you don’t need to wait for it to die when you’re late for a meeting, stuck in the mall parking lot or even driving on the highway. If you learn to take care of your battery, you can get the most value from it and avoid being caught off guard.

To enable proper flow, check to see that your battery’s terminals and cable connections are clean and tight. Corrosion can act as additional electrical resistance, which can prevent your car from starting properly. It’s therefore important to clean them periodically.

When your battery is under-used, it will go flat slowly, reducing the life of your battery. This typically happens to vehicles that go unused for extended periods of time. So if you’re going on holiday or away for business, get a trusted friend or family member to drive your car a few times until you return.

If you want to get your battery checked and tested, it’s best to let the professionals take care of it. There are a number of things you might not think of that can cause damage to your battery.

Winter brings with it a mixed bag of factors that can hurt your battery too. Make sure to keep your car as warm and dry as possible. Park it in a garage if you have one.

Listen for warning sounds. A weak battery will make slow cranking noises when you start your car. If this happens, get down to a battery specialist sooner rather than later.

Even when taking good care of your battery, it will still get old and need replacing eventually. At AutoZone, we supply a wide range of battery options and sizes to meet your vehicle’s needs. Visit us today for this and South Africa’s widest range of automotive parts and accessories!