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How to Look After Your Car Battery

Your battery forms an integral part of your car, providing the charge necessary to power most to all components in the car. With this in mind, a battery can go flat relatively easily if the car is not driven enough which can lead to breakdowns. A flat battery is one of the main causes of breakdowns on our roads, and so Marsh Finance have provided you with both the most likely causes of a flat battery and tips on what to do if your battery dies.

The Most Common Reasons For A Flat Battery

  • Naturally charge dwindles over time – as more time passes the battery will get weaker and its charging capacity will reduce. Car batteries usually have a lifespan of around 5-7 years.
  • When you get out of the car, a common mistake is leaving your headlights on which will drain the battery to a point where it dies.
  • Repeated short journeys can lead to a flat battery.
  • A part of the engine fails- if your alternator stops working, the charging capacity of your car becomes non-existent and the battery will eventually die.

Preventative Measures

  • Buy a portable trickle charger so if there is a battery related incident whilst driving you can start the recharging process immediately. Having a charger with you also allows you to top up the car if it seems to be struggling.
  • Start the engine and leave it on for around 30 minutes, going for a short drive is perfect for this, as you can give your car a run out whilst aiding the battery.
  • Regular inspections of the battery- every so often, check for any signs of rust or wear that could affect the performance of the battery. Also, be aware of how long you have had the battery and replace if the time of ownership exceeds 7 years.
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