Ever thought of ways to prolong your car’s battery? Well, here’s five tips to get you on your way to prolonging or at least, sustaining a longer lifespan for your car’s battery . It’s not so much the cold that gets it down as it is high heat. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging the internal structure of the battery. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your car’s battery from time to time, at least on a monthly basis. This is profoundly important if you don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere or stranded in desperate need of immediate assistance.

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Consistent check on car battery is especially a requirement no thanks to this country’s constantly hot and humid conditions. The other reason why your car battery fades quickly is due to overcharging. That is, a malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, can allow too high a charging rate, leading to slow death for a battery. The other reason, not applicable in this country, is due to cold temperatures which can increase the thickness of the engine oil. Having said that, the engine becomes harder to turn over, causing the battery to have to work more. This leads to a tougher starting for the engine.

Here’s five tips on prolonging your car’s battery life, suggested by the Car Care council: first, make sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.

Second, if your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly. Add distilled water when necessary. Third, always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.

One important aspect to notice your car battery’s weakening state is the dimming of your headlights and interior lights. If this happens, it is time to thoroughly investigate the car battery. Accessories that fail to operate or when the “check engine” or battery light illuminated means it is time to get it check out or replace the car battery.

Lastly, keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.