Why it's important to check your car battery?

Why it's important to check your car battery?

Your car battery may look good on the outside, but what’s going on inside it can be a different story.  If your battery is feeling a sluggish start or you can see any visible wear, this can indicate you may need a new battery. We recommend having your battery checked and tested by a professional.

Always remember to turn off all lights before you leave your car.

Check your electrical connections

Make sure battery terminals and cable connections are clean and tight to enable proper current flow. Corrosion at the battery terminals can prevent a car from starting by adding electrical resistance, so it is important to clean the terminals periodically using water and a wire brush. Ensure you wear the correct protective gear (gloves and eye protection) as the white powder (lead sulphate) is toxic if inhaled, ingested or comes into contact with your skin.

Keep batteries clean and dry

A dirty battery surface can lead to a discharge and corrosion. It is important to avoid spilling oil or grease onto the top of the battery.

Keep your battery charged

Under-charged or under-used batteries will slowly go flat over time which will reduce the life of your battery. This happens most often in watercraft through the winter months or vehicles left unused for long periods of time. It's important to keep a battery fully charged to ensure maximum life.