The battery not only helps you starting your car, but it also keeps all the lights and electronics running. A damaged alternator is one of the worst possible roadside emergencies to experience. Simply put, we’re here to make sure your generator stays in tip-top shape.
It goes without saying that you should read Walmart’s (or any other store’s) return policy and guarantee details before you buy a replacement battery from there.
Here are some suggestions for maximizing your recreational vehicle’s lifespan.
Avoid driving short distances
Automobiles rely on batteries, which are discharged whenever the engine is turned on and recharged while you’re driving. We advise reducing the number of short trips you take in your car because the amount of power lost cannot be restored by your power unit. If you did this over and over, the voltage in the battery would drop to the point where your car wouldn’t start.
We recommend that you make long drives a regular part of your car-use routine. A charger to maintain the power unit’s voltage when the vehicle is not in use is another worthwhile investment.
Fasten your power unit tightly
Before you leave on your trip, double-check that your car’s battery is properly installed. Vibration can affect the life of the power unit, so using a certified clamp is essential. Finally, if the battery is not tightly fastened or is allowed to move around, internal battery components are more likely to be damaged.
When tightening the clamp, be careful not to apply too much force or you could cause damage to your power unit. You only need to put on the wrench for as long as you feel resistance when tightening the bolts.
Don’t leave the key ON
Make sure the lights and other accessories are off before you get out of the car. If you want to get the most mileage out of your car’s batteries, it’s best to let them fully charge before driving.
Clean your battery
To ensure that your car’s electrical system always has power, keep the top of the battery dry and clean at all times. Eventually, the filth and grime will produce a short circuit in your power unit, killing it.
It’s also crucial that the battery’s terminals never develop rust. Cleaning the power supply’s terminals is as simple as using an old toothbrush dipped in a baking soda and water solution. After that, you need to dry the terminals and spray your battery with cold water to get rid of the mixture.
Batteries hate high temperatures
The chilly weather is not to blame for the troubles at your power plant. It’s possible that the extreme heat of summer has damaged your power unit to the point where car owners will have problems starting their vehicles this winter.
If your car is left in the sun for long periods of time during hot weather, the water in its cells will evaporate at a faster rate. The weakening of your battery’s capacity to crank will become even more apparent as winter sets in and the cold weather saps your power unit’s remaining reserves.
When that’s the case, how might you go about stopping it? There are a variety of options available to you if you wish to protect your vehicle from direct sunlight. Get your car parked in the shade of a tree or a building if you can to beat the heat. Following these guidelines will ensure that your power system remains in top form.
Measure the voltage at least once a month
When you allow your power unit run down to zero or below on a regular basis, you reduce its voltage and hence its lifespan. By checking the cell’s voltage once a month with a voltmeter, you may learn how well your car’s battery is holding up. Make sure that there is a minimum of 12.80 volts being regularly produced by your power supply.
If the voltage drops below 12.4 volts, you should recharge your power unit as soon as possible. Remember that it’s only half charged at 12.4 volts and will be entirely discharged at 12.0 volts. To extend the life of your battery, you shouldn’t let it run completely dead before charging it again.
Use your car regularly
Know that a lead-acid battery will self-discharge even when it’s not in use, and charge it regularly to avoid disaster. In warmer regions, it loses between 0.75 and 1 percent of its capacity daily, while in cold climates, the loss is between 0.25 and 0.5 percent.
The battery can be kept from entirely dying by plugging in a trickle charger if you will be gone for more than a week. Knowing the battery’s condition is key.
With time, its performance will inevitably decline, as it does with any battery. In light of this, it’s clear that the steps indicated above are crucial if you want to keep your generator running for as long as possible. The length of your warranty may depend on how well you care for your vehicle.