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To ensure you are safe while behind the wheel you need to regularly check the cars battery. If you regularly check it, you can ensure that the battery will last considerably longer and work more efficiently. We thought we would go through some hints and tips to get the best out of your battery:-

Voltage and Testing

Test your battery and electrical system regularly, not just when it's not performing. If you proactively test the battery once every six months will reduce the chances of failure. Full charged batteries should measure 12.6 volts or above. When the engine is running they will read 13.7 to 14.7 volts.

Maintenance of your battery

1. Check the battery; make sure the terminal connections are clean and protected from the elements.

2. Unplug accessories and turn off the lights when the car is not in use.

3. Keep the batter, in a cool place where possible. Excess heat damages batteries.

4. Remove corrosion from the terminals with water and baking soda.

Seasonal care for your Car Battery

Heat affects your battery life - Warm temperatures are actually your batteries worst enemy. Hot weather could mean that the engine bay gets rather hot which can accelerate corrosion inside the battery.

In Cold Weather your car battery has a tough job. Your car's engine requires more power to start and the colder the temperatures the harder it is for your battery to provide adequate power. Check that the electrical system is in full working order, also check the voltmeter. The voltmeter should read 12.4 volts or higher. Ensure that your battery is fully charged throughout the winter especially if you make lots of short runs.

Battery Storage

If you store a battery make sure the voltage never drops below 12.4 volts. If you are storing the battery for long periods of time, we recommend using a "battery maintainer" - a device that monitors the battery and keeps it at full power during the storage time.

Finally, if you require more hands on advice when it comes to Car Batteries speak to H Bowers on 01782 590 700 or email us at

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