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Taking care of your car battery - tips from Century Batteries

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Updated 25 May 2020

Rowan Johnstone

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As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease across Australia, our cars - that may have been parked and forgotten in garages or driveways the past couple of months - are ready to fire back to life and take us where we need to go.

Now, hopefully, your car starts up the first time you go to start it, but if it doesn’t, it’s probably because something has caused your car battery to no longer work.

If that’s the case, you’ve got no other option than to try and jump-start your car, or replace the battery entirely.

If you still don’t need your car just yet and plan to leave it sitting for a few more weeks, Century Batteries Australia has provided some great tips on how you should be taking care of your car battery whilst it’s not being used.

  1. Make sure all electronics in your car are switched off. This includes things such as lights, radio, accessories etc.
  2. Make sure doors, boot etc. are shut to ensure door lights and ‘door ajar’ warning systems aren’t activated
  3. If you can, it is recommended to use a battery charger to keep the battery conditioned and charged.
  4. If it’s a vehicle that you typically don’t use very often anyway, such as a recreational vehicle, disconnect the battery (only attempt this if you are technically capable and are able to reinstall per manufacturer’s instructions).
  5. If possible, park the car in a cool spot to prevent exposing the battery to high ambient temperature and consequent high self-discharge.

Whilst these tips will be super handy to make sure your car is ready to go when you fire it up next after a long break, they’re also great practices to follow when you do go back to normal driving.

They will help your car battery last as long as possible!

If you want to make sure you can always keep on top of your car battery, head over to Century Batteries to discover their range of battery chargers and testers!

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Rowan Johnstone

On weekdays Rowan can be found in the AutoGuru office, driving content and growth with the rest of the marketing team.

On weekends you’ll probably find him in the garage with his father restoring a 1958 Ford Star Model Customline or enjoying a cruise through the Gold Coast hinterland on his Suzuki GSX-R600.

Despite his passion for being behind the wheel (or handlebars), he looks forward to the day when he can commute to work in his own driverless car.