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Simple Car Battery Maintenance Tips To Avoid Car Breakdowns

Things you can do to proactively maintain your battery life.

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Did you know? According to a survey conducted by Bosch last year to 350 Malaysians aged 18-55, seven in 10 vehicle breakdowns in Malaysia were caused by battery malfunction, while engine and wiring issues came in second and third respectively.

As battery malfunction could cause inconvenience and pose safety risks to drivers, especially when the breakdown happens in the middle of traffic or at a secluded area, there are a few simple car battery maintenance tips that you should know to avoid car breakdowns based on the recommendations from Bosch:

If you understand how car batteries work, be it a maintenance-free or lead-acid batteries, they store electricity from voltage created by chemical reaction from the positive and negative plates on the battery. The electricity will then flow into the car’s circuit to your car’s starter, radio or car entertainment set, lights and so on.

Like other batteries, every time your car batteries charge and discharge over time, the acid (specifically in lead-acid batteries) used as the solution becomes weaker and will no longer be able to discharge the required voltage.

So, when your vehicles won’t start, there’s a 70 percent chances that it’s due to battery malfunction or in layman’s term, a “dead” battery. As car battery nears the end of its service life, the charge and discharge mechanism cannot be done at full capacity and risk not running your car at its optimum performance. This is when the battery is truly dead and needs to be replaced with a new one.

If the battery is not dead, you can jump-start it by connecting another fully charged battery. When this happens, drive your car for30 minutes after the jump-start to allow the battery to be fully charged again.

What should you consider when buying a car battery? How do you know which battery is right for your car or are they all the same?

The quick answer is no, not all batteries are the same. When the time comes, you need to know what battery group size is your car using, types of battery you want to use ― whether dry cell or wet cell batteries, how disciplined you are at maintaining the batteries or if you want to consider lower maintenance batteries in the future. If you would like to know the answers, you can approach any car mechanics during your scheduled car servicing and get their expert advice.

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