Essential Battery Maintenance

All car owners know how important routine maintenance is to the longevity of their car. One important engine component that is often overlooked is the battery. Below are some tips for properly maintaining your car battery:

  • Terminals- Over time corrosion can form on the battery terminals and looks fuzzy and crusty; this corrosion can interfere with the power flowing from the battery. If terminals are corroded you can clean them by scrubbing them with a stiff brush.
  • Brackets- It is important to make sure the brackets that hold the battery are tight; if they are loose the battery will vibrate and shorten the life of the battery.
  • Charge It- If your vehicle sits for long periods of time it will shorten the life of the battery. The battery gets its charge from the alternator when the car is being driven, so make sure start and drive your car for at least 20 minutes twice a week.

At Malloy Toyota we know that your car battery is essential to your cars performance so if you have any questions or concerns regarding your car battery please visit our location in Winchester and talk to one of our experts.

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