How to keep your battery going

2015-05-07 06:00
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Check battery water level every two to three months.

PHOTO: sourced Check battery water level every two to three months.

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OWNERS are urged to get their vehicle’s battery tested before the onset of true winter.

Days are getting shorter, temperatures are falling - it’s time to give your car’s battery a pre-winter once over.

“Much like humans, car batteries aren’t especially enthusiastic about cold mornings.

“The exercise is often accompanied by much groaning and, if you’re lucky after a few failed attempts, a running engine.

“If you’ve ever been stranded with a dead car battery you’ll need no encouragement to have your battery tested,” says Tiger Wheels’ Joe du Plooy.

It bears mentioning that even a relatively new car battery can die prematurely if you don’t maintain it.

Here are some guidelines for how to:

• If your car is to be parked for some time disconnect the battery and attach it to a trickle charger or arrange to have someone come over regularly to start and run your car for several minutes at a time.

• Some vehicle tracking devices draw power from your car battery and will drain it completely after time.

• Avoid short trips. Those of less than 20 minutes don’t give your battery enough charge time to recover from the effort of starting the engine.

• Garage your car to protect the battery from extreme cold which shortens its life.

• Check the battery’s water level every two to three months. The water should just touch the bottom of the battery’s refill hole.

- Wheels24

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