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Frequent breakdowns? Time to get that car battery checked

Here is why a healthy car battery is important

Car batteries store energy in chemical form and through chemical reactions convert that energy into electricity. This electricity then powers all electronic components in your car including your  windows, headlights and most importantly, your engine starter or spark plug. Which is why one of the main causes of car breakdowns is a faulty or flat car battery.

Car batteries typically have a life span of 1.5 to 3 years[1], depending on how well you maintain yours. However, it is best to get your battery regularly checked to prevent your car from a potential breakdown. Here are a few common signs to know when your car battery is draining – your headlights get dimmer than usual , your car starts with a jump, or car windows don’t work.

Here are some tips to ensure your battery will last beyond the three-year life span:

  1. Check and clean the battery terminal with a semi-hard bristled brush

Some drivers may struggle to start their vehicles, and this could be due to the build-up around the battery terminal. Here’s a simple DIY tip to clean your battery terminal and prevent car battery corrosion.

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup (250 ml) of water 

Dip a toothbrush into the mixture and scrub the top and edges of the battery cap, as well as battery posts to remove corrosion build-up.

  • Rinse the battery or scrub area with cool water 

Wash away the baking soda and dry the battery with a clean cloth. Make sure there is no residue left.

  • Get a mechanic to check your battery

It is always best to get your car checked regularly by a professional. Mechanics would usually use a special meter to test your car battery. A healthy car battery should register 12.46 volts or greater

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