Whether you’re taking a family road trip or just running an errand at the store, a reliable car battery is imperative. Here are some tips for a healthier, better-performing car battery.
• Maintain proper battery temperature. All batteries work best and live longest at about 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Intense heat and overcharging are the two primary culprits for shortened battery life. If a battery gets hot because of overcharging or bad storage, it will lose power. The heat can also cause battery fluid to evaporate. Conversely, if it gets too cold, the acid may not conduct electricity. Both temperature conditions may result in the battery not functioning properly.
• Conserve your battery’s power. Modern cars use a tremendous amount of electrical power. The engine’s actuators, ignition system, powerful projector headlights, electric fans, fuel pump, electric power steering, entertainment systems, and heated seats all drain electrical energy. The less you use these electrical accessories, the easier it is for your battery to maintain a full charge.
• Safely jump-start your battery. Jump-starting a car can be dangerous if done incorrectly. Most batteries are easily accessible from under the hood, but some cars have their batteries buried deep in the engine compartment or in the trunk. Before attempting to jump-start your vehicle, refer to your owner’s manual and carefully follow its instructions. Do not perform this procedure if you do not feel comfortable doing so—contact a professional. If you have Liberty Mutual’s 24-Hour Roadside Assistance, you can call 1-800/426-9898.
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