1 June 2021 ·

Maintain a Car Battery in 5 Simple Steps

Maintain a Car Battery

Maintain a Car Battery in 5 Steps:

A car battery is the heart of a vehicle’s electrical system – knowing how to take care of it is vital to ensure its performance and longevity.

Most modern Toyota batteries are maintenance free and only require check-ups on your scheduled services. Nevertheless, there are precautions you can take to prolong your battery’s life and avoid breakdowns.

Follow these 5 simple steps to ensure your car battery is in its best condition.


HOW TO PREVENT A FLAT BATTERY

1.   Make sure all lights are switched off

  • Ensure you haven’t left any interior or exterior lights on when exiting your car.

2.   Make sure all doors are closed

  • Check you have securely closed all doors, including the boot – any doors left open will keep your interior lights on.

3.   Make sure all accessories are switched off

  • Ensure all electrical accessories are switched off before exiting your car.


DIY BATTERY MAINTENANCE CHECKS

1.    Conduct a battery exterior check

  • Check the battery for corrosion, cracks or loose connections.
  • If the battery is corroded, wash it off with a solution of warm water and coat the terminals with grease to prevent further corrosion.
  • If the terminal connections are loose, tighten their clamp nuts – but be careful not to over tighten.
  • Ensure the battery is secure in the cradle by shaking it.

2.    Top up electrolyte levels

  • Remove the vent plugs and add enough distilled water to just cover the battery plate. Ensure you refit and secure the vent cap.


SIGNS THAT A BATTERY NEEDS REPLACEMENT

Hard to start the car

  • If you are having difficulties starting your car or your drive is feeling slow and sluggish, it is typically a sign that you have a flat battery.

Dimmed interior dash lights and headlights

  • If your interior or exterior lights are looking dimmer than usual, it may be a sign that your battery is running low.


HELP – MY BATTERY IS FLAT. WHAT DO I DO?

  • Battery charger – top up your car’s battery with a battery charger.
  • Jumper leads – give your battery a jump start by hooking your car up to another with jumper cables.
  • Drive to your local dealer – once you get your car’s battery running again, drive to your local dealer to see whether your battery needs replacing.