Just like any other machine, a car, too, is a system of many parts working together to run the machine. There are some parts that a machine can do without but then there are those that are vital to get your machine working. Similarly, a car is a machine that needs a battery to get going just like most of them.
A battery is a necessary part of a car without which your car may not be able to even start, let alone run. Knowing this, it is obvious that when a part is that important, it requires extra care and maintenance.
Here are some facts for you to know all about a car battery.
What is a car battery and how does it work?
For someone who has just bought a car or is a newbie to driving a car, you need to know about the most important part of your car to have a safe and sound driving experience.
A car battery is a complex system that stores and converts chemical energy into electrical energy and thus provides power to the parts that need it.
This entire battery system is composed of cells. Modern batteries have six cells mostly and each cell produces around 2 Volts of electricity. So the total output of the electricity from these cells is 12 Volts.
Now, this electricity runs from the battery to the engine and kickstarts it. Since this action is reversible, it causes the battery to recharge and that is how the battery is charged when the engine is running.
Car Battery Maintenance Tips:
Now that you know how important the battery is to your car, it is also essential for you to know how to maintain your battery and make it last longer.
Usually, a car battery lasts 3 to 5 years if taken care of properly.
Here are a few tips for you to take care of your battery and increase its lifespan.
1. Longer Drives:
One important thing to remember for your battery maintenance is to take your car on long drives. Driving it for long will give it a chance to recharge itself properly and thus function efficiently.
2. Invest in a charger:
If you’re someone who isn’t much of a driver and does not use your car as much as you should, then you should probably think of investing in a battery charger. This way your battery won’t go flat by not being charged for longer periods.
3. Switch off electronic systems:
Make sure that whenever you are switching on or switching off your car, all the electronic systems like music, air conditioner/heater, or the windscreen wipers, are switched off. Leaving them on will drain all of your battery and your car won’t start after a while.
4. Secure terminal connections:
Debris and trash-free terminal connections are another way of giving life to your battery and keeping it in good shape.
5. Avoid Heat Exposure:
Specifically, in summers, avoid exposing your battery to too much heat as it will have a negative effect on it and will ruin its general condition.