If you have a need for car batteries brendale has a bunch of car battery brands you can choose from. If you are buying a car battery for the first time, here are some tips on keeping it in top condition for as long as possible.
Turn off your vehicle!
First and foremost – always turn off your vehicle and additional accessories. As obvious as it may seem, don’t forget this step! Ensure that whenever you are checking into your battery and working with it, keep your vehicle completely turned off, along with your lights and all accessories. This also goes for day-to-day – when your vehicle does not need to be running, keep it off – save your battery!
Ensure battery is secure
Your car battery should never be able to vibrate or move, so always be sure it is fastened firmly in its correct place. Any movement or vibrations can severely damage the cells within the battery.
Keep it cool
While it may be difficult with some of Australia’s crazy high temperatures, we suggest that you try to park your vehicle in shaded or cooler areas whenever possible, versus in direct sunlight. This will keep your battery as cool as possible. Believe it or not, heat can cause major damage to car batteries due to water loss as well as heat distortion. Whilst Marshall Batteries are designed for the harshest of Aussie environments, the more care, the longer your battery will last.
Keep it clean
Keeping your car battery clean is key to ensuring its best possible performance. You should be cleaning your battery cables and around the terminals regularly to prevent corrosion build up and to help ensure that no external material falls into the battery when you open it. If it’s too late and you already have corrosion built up on your battery, no need to worry. To remove this build up, believe it or not you can use a very basic paste made of handy household items.
To clean corrosion: First, using a paste of water mixed with baking soda and a wire brush, gently scrub the terminals to remove any built-up acid and dirt. Next, remove the cables carefully, always starting with the negative one first. Now that the cables are removed, you can further clean any more corrosion. Be sure to wipe gently with a rag and cool water following this so that you don’t leave any baking soda on your battery. Leaving any baking soda residue on your battery will increase the possibility of further corrosion (in the near future!).
Coat and protect
In order to protect your battery from rust and corrosion, your best solution is to keep it coated. You can use felt protectors for your terminals. We also suggest that you use a protector spray coating – this is essentially a grease which is made for high temperatures. Alternatively, many suggest the handyman approach of simply using good old Vaseline instead of a spray protector. You can test out both options and use whichever you prefer.
It is very tough to predict the life of any given battery. The longer a car sits idle, the more a battery slowly but surely loses its charge. The simplest solution to this is to drive your car on a regular basis while making a point to drive distances of over 10km regularly. Additionally, you can buy a standard car battery charger and charge it approximately every 2 months. Just remember that like any battery, there is such thing as overcharging which can shorten its life. Everybody runs into the unexpected dilemma of a dead battery. It is never fun, and it always comes at the worst possible time.