Without the battery, your European car isn’t going much of anywhere at all. Did you know that there are things you can do to help your car’s battery to stay in good working order? Here are just a few ideas from SimplyEuro Automotive Repair that can help.
Do Some Regular Battery Maintenance
It sounds boring, but routine maintenance is always the answer for prolonging the life of various systems in your European car. In the case of your car’s battery, just looking at it a few times a month can help so much. Does it look different at all? Is the case cracked or do you smell anything weird? Corrosion around the battery posts? Spotting any of these issues early helps you to keep the battery healthy.
Consider a Trickle Charger
Cold weather and lack of use are the two biggest ways to kill off a car battery fast. If you are looking for a reliable way to sidestep either of those issues, a trickle charger can help. This is a device that connects to the car’s battery and slowly sends a charge to it to keep it from going flat. Solar versions mean that you don’t even have to worry about an external power source.
Get the Electrical System Checked a Couple of Times a Year
The electrical system is just like any other part of your European car. Problems can develop quietly without you realizing it. If you’re proactive about having your alternator, battery, and the rest of the electrical system checked when you’re in for other services, you’re a lot more likely to find issues before they become big.
Drive Your Car More Often
As mentioned above, if your European car isn’t your daily driver, that’s going to possibly present some issues for the battery. Driving your car even 20 or 30 minutes a week can make a big difference in keeping the battery in good working order. When you do start the car and you haven’t driven it in a while, you definitely want to avoid short trips. That’s going to be more taxing on the battery.
SimplyEuro Automotive Repair in Castle Pines, CO is happy to help with all of your European car’s repair and servicing needs. Just give us a call today and we can set up an appointment to assess whatever issues you’re noticing, whether that’s with the battery or with something else completely.