Battery Maintenance Tips

Car Battery
In order to have a smooth engine start every morning in Parkersburg, your vehicle’s battery must be operating at peak power levels. The best way to ensure your battery doesn’t weaken is to keep up with preventative maintenance, but what exactly is involved in battery maintenance? As always, the service center at McClinton Chevrolet is here to help! Read on to learn more about preventive battery maintenance with our trusted service pros.

How to Maintain Your Car Battery

Like any battery, your car’s battery is only built to withstand a certain number of charge cycles before it eventually dies completely and needs to be replaced. However, you can prevent your battery from dying prematurely when you follow these battery maintenance tips:

  • Keep the Terminals Free of Corrosion: Corrosion can build up on the battery terminals over time, affecting the battery’s power levels. A simple solution of equal parts baking soda and water can clean off any corrosion that appears—just be sure to disconnect the negative terminal, followed by the positive terminal, before you clean them. 
  • Apply Anti-Corrosion Spray: You can find anti-corrosion spray at most auto parts stores. After cleaning any existing corrosion, apply the spray to your battery terminals to help prevent future corrosion.
  • Keep the Hold-Down Clamps Tight: The clamps holding your battery in place can loosen if you hit a large bump or pothole in Ripley, leaving your battery to jostle around. Check the hold-down clamps regularly to make sure they’re tight.
  • Unplug Appliances When the Car is Off: Appliances like cell phone chargers or GPS navigation systems should be unplugged when your car is off, as they can be a major power drain.
  • Don’t Leave the Lights On: Always double-check that your headlights and interior lights are off before you walk away from your parked car. If left on, these are another significant power drain that can leave you with a dead battery.
  • Don’t Let the Car Sit Unused for Long: Your battery recharges when you drive your car, so it’s important that you bring it out at least once a week for at least 20 minutes of driving time.
  • Maintain a Charge of 12.6 Volts or Higher: 12.6 volts is the ideal voltage for a car battery, anything lower will contribute to decreased battery life. If you struggle to keep the battery charged at this level, attaching a trickle charger when you aren’t using your car can help.

Seasonal Battery Checks: When Are They Needed?

Most Marietta drivers know to check their battery often in the winter, as the cold temperatures can affect power levels. However, it’s just as important to have your battery checked and serviced in the summer, as the intense heat can affect battery health just as much as the cold.

Schedule Battery Service at McClinton Chevrolet

McClinton Chevrolet wants to help you get the most from your battery. Our certified technicians perform trusted battery service at our state-of-the-art service center in Parkersburg, and we even provide ongoing service offers to help with maintenance costs. Schedule an appointment with us online to get started today, and contact us if you have any questions or concerns.