How to Prolong the Life of Your Car Battery and Save Money on Repairs

For any car owner, taking care of your vehicle's battery should be a priority. You don't want to find yourself stranded because your car won't start due to a dead battery. Plus, paying for a new car battery or for battery-related repairs can put a dent in your monthly budget. 

How can you improve the lifespan of your Honda's battery? Though batteries don't last forever, there are ways of prolonging their lifespan, so you can save time and money. We'll discuss a few of the simple ways you can protect your car's battery so that it lasts a long time. 

How Long Should Car Batteries Last?

In general, the average lifespan of a car battery lasts from three to six years. The battery lifetime is dependent on a number of factors. Some batteries may need to be replaced as soon as a year. While others may last for up to six years. Factors such as the climate you live in, how often you take your Honda in for service, and how often you drive all affect the lifespan of your car battery. 

Consider the Length of Your Trips

One of the best tips for prolonging the lifespan of your battery is to consider the lengths of your trips. It's best to avoid frequent short trips, as these put a strain on your battery. If you find yourself frequently running errands for short distances, you may want to consider alternative forms of transportation. Or, if you can't manage that, you might consider letting your car run for at least a few minutes before turning off the engine again. Taking a longer route to get to your destination may also be helpful in lengthening your battery's life. 

Remember to Start Your Car Every Once in a While

Another important tip for keeping your battery alive is to start it every once in a while. If you don't plan on using your car for long periods of time, you'll still need to start it on a regular basis. If you leave your car alone for more than two weeks, the battery will likely die, even if it's a new one. So, if you're about to leave town for a month, you'll want to find someone to start your car every so often or you'll come back home to a dead battery. You may also want to consider a battery maintainer for the same purpose. 


Inspect Your Battery Periodically

To ensure that your battery stays clean and tightly secured, you'll want to perform regular inspections. Some of the key things you should watch out for include leaks, corrosion, build-ups, and loose cables. If you do see things like leaks, corrosion, or a green, flakey build-up in the battery terminal, you'll want to clean it up or take your Honda for service at the dealership or an auto repair shop. This mess can eventually lead to greater electrical resistance, which means your battery will have to work much harder.

Similarly, batteries and cables that aren't securely tightened can have a negative impact on their performance and lifespan. How does a loose battery shorten its lifespan? When the battery isn't properly fastened, it will vibrate as you drive. Those vibrations can cause internal damage to the battery, which will shorten its lifespan. Loose cables can also affect the performance of a battery, as electricity will not be able to flow as freely between the terminals. 

If you're somewhat familiar with car batteries, you may want to save money and perform these inspections yourself. However, if you're not as familiar with car batteries, you may want to consider taking your Honda in for service at a professional shop. Professional technicians will be able to spot any loose cables or battery leaks easily. 

Keep Accessories Turned Off

Besides just powering your engine, your car's battery powers many accessory features. Unfortunately, when you forget to disconnect some of these accessories, it can significantly drain your battery. For example, you'll want to unplug any accessories you may have in your car when you shut off your engine. Even though the car is technically off, the battery may still be sending power to these accessories. There are many common energy drains, such as leaving a light on in your car overnight, so it's important to be vigilant about extra accessories that may drain your battery. 

Test Your Battery

To prolong the lifespan of your battery, you should check out its condition regularly. Not only does consistent testing help to lengthen the lifespan, but it can also help you avoid being inconvenienced by a dead battery. By testing your battery, you can feel confident knowing your battery is in great condition and not at risk of leaving you stranded. 

You should aim to test your battery about twice a year. However, if you're planning on a long road trip or live in an extremely cold environment, you may prefer testing more often, so you won't risk getting stranded on the side of the road. This type of Honda service can be easily performed at a dealership or auto shop. However, if you want to test your car's battery yourself, you can buy the proper equipment. 

Your car's battery can easily last a long time with the proper maintenance and precautions. From better driving habits to consistent maintenance services, there are a lot of ways to prolong the life of your battery. If you're looking for battery maintenance or a replacement, make an appointment online and stop at our dealership for service.