The average shelf life of a car battery can be up to five years, but Auto-Facts website tells that typical battery runs for only three-year mark. You can extend your battery life and avoid any midway breakdowns due to dead battery if you know the right methods. There are some simple steps for you to follow which can help you maintain your battery.

Water Level

Standard battery has six power cells with each cell producing two volts to give approximately 12-volt power to the yield. There is electrolyte in each cell. The cell also contains an ionized bath, which is a mixture of water and H2SO4. In the battery, this electrolyte generates current when it starts. Every two to four months, the water level in the battery should be checked. The level must not touch the substructure of the refill outlet. If it is low, pour refined water to fill up the battery. The tap water corrodes the terminals as warned by the Edmunds Tech Centre.

Terminals

The car battery has terminals that are positive (+) and negative (-) plugs to connect corresponding wires for transferring energy from battery to the car. These terminals should be cleaned every three months with a wire brush. It ensures that there is nothing between the connectors and terminals that humidify the power connection. Take away the connectors while you gently lift them upwards by bending them rear and onward.
Edmunds Tech Center cautions against excessive prying and tugging. Put the terminals back by pushing definitely down into its terminal after cleaning. Terminals should be greased with grease to keep away from corrosion or rust.

Extended Parking

If the vehicle is in the parking for a long time and not driven for two weeks, then disconnect the battery. This saves from charging loss of battery. Remove the connector for negative terminal (Check “Terminals” manual for instructions). Put the connector where it does not touch the terminal, as you cannot move it out of the car.

Run Time

The battery is recharged by the alternator when the car runs but the car must be switched on for about 20 minutes to recharge the battery fully. Try to take minimum short trips, as many starting cycles along with short run times will decrease the battery charge below the ideal charging limit. It will ultimately shorten the life of your battery.