Your Car Battery: Have it tested before it loses that spark!

servicesaturdayGetting stranded in a parking lot or your own driveway from a dead battery is frustrating and can cause a serious inconvenience for your day. While car batteries last for many years in most cases, there are some things you can do to prolong their life even longer and avoid being stuck with a dead battery! Here are some tips from Buckeye Honda and Buckeye Toyota of Lancaster for battery maintenance:

Get Battery Power Checked Out

You can have your battery checked at your Buckeye Service Center to see how much power is left. If it is very low, it may be recommended that you get a new battery to avoid waiting until it completely dies before you replace it.  A good time to check battery power is anytime you are in for any maintenance.  A quick test can be run and the results available to you before you leave.  This way you know the health and life of your battery before it is too late.  At the first signs of a weakening battery you need to speak with one of our trained service professionals, they know the exact battery for your Honda, Toyota or pre-owned Central Ohio vehicle.

A couple of things that can contribute to your battery failing:

Age

If the battery is more than five years old and there’s any sign of it struggling to start the car, get it replaced. Some will struggle on for a bit but many won’t. It’s much better done at your convenience than as a roadside emergency.

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If you mostly do short journeys or leave the car standing for days at a time, this can shorten the life of your battery.

Load

Check that everything electrical is turned off when you park up – even an interior light, trunk light, or radio left on overnight can kill a battery when it’s truestartcold.

Keep up with Your Auto’s Maintenance Schedule

The best way to keep your car rolling down the road is to keep up with your regular maintenance schedule. Oil changes, filter changes, brakes and tires are all good things to keep up with when it comes to maintaining your car.  Then, if you notice your car is having trouble starting, bring it into the Buckeye Honda or Buckeye Toyota service center for a battery check up right away.

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