There’s a lot that goes into owning a car in Phoenix – from the blinding dust storms and monsoon downpours to the (give or take) 100 days of 100-plus degree heat. While these conditions can affect virtually every part of a car and its overall condition, the constant microwave-level temperatures can sap a vehicle’s battery. While every car (and battery) is different, as a running rule, you should expect your battery to last about 2 years in the greater Phoenix area. But there are also some things you can do to help prolong your battery life. Here are a few of our tips on how to keep it charged and ready to keep you on the road for the start of summer.
Lighten the load on your battery
It all adds up. Running your A/C on full-blast, while charging cellphones, blasting music, combined with the demand of stop and go or rush hour traffic not only can be hard on your whole drivetrain and alternator (while also decreasing performance) but can also sap your car’s battery in short order, especially if one of the kids leaves an interior light on. Easing the burden on your car, even on starting (keep your A/C and radio OFF) will help your battery out immensely. If your vehicle climate control has an “auto” or recirculation setting, this can also help keep the load off of your vehicle’s electronics system.
Keep an eye on the cell water levels
This generally applies to older cars, but it’s worthwhile to (very carefully) crack open the top, if applicable, and check the water level of the battery cells. Doing this along with cleaning the terminals with baking soda and an old toothbrush to remove any acid and to mitigate corrosion can keep the connections in better shape overall, which can keep your car from laboring for power on startup, which should help to prolong the overall integrity of its core. Sometimes car batteries just die You can’t expect anything to last long when exposed to the kind of temperatures your engine bay regularly faces. Whether it’s maintenance or auto repair in Phoenix, give The Auto Shop a call today to hear about our specials for car repair and maintenance — whether you need a new battery, alternator, or other car electronics system repair.