How to Maintain Your Sitting Car Battery
How long a vehicle sits before the battery dies all depends on the car, but there are steps you can take with any vehicle to preserve a battery’s health. Check out these tips below to maximize your battery’s performance and keep your vehicle running longer.
Battery Saving Tips While Your Car Is Not In Use
Your battery is a key part of your vehicle. From starting the car to running all the accessories, the battery provides your vehicle with the power needed to keep you moving. Under normal driving conditions, your vehicle’s alternator charges your battery while you drive. But if your car sits unused for an extended time, it could hurt your battery. And if your battery is 3 or more years old, it could prove deadly for the battery.
If in a secure garage, disengage security system to preserve battery.
If your vehicle is parked in a secure garage and has a security system, you may want to consider leaving the alarm system turned off. Leaving it on will only drain the battery more quickly. And if you don’t have a choice but to park outside with the alarm turned on, drive the vehicle for at least 30 minutes a week to keep the battery charged.
Charge battery weekly by driving car for at least 30 minutes.
You may think heading out to pick up takeout a few times a week is enough to keep your battery running well, but that’s not enough to preserve the health of your battery. If you only use your car for short trips or keep it parked for days at a time, the battery won’t have time to recharge sufficiently. To keep your battery adequately charged, we recommend driving the vehicle once a week for at least 30 minutes, preferably at highway speeds to ensure that the battery gets the boost it needs.
Disconnect the negative battery terminal to preserve your battery.
How to Disconnect a Negative Terminal
- 1. Wear protective gloves and eyewear and remove jewelry
- 2. Find negative terminal on top of battery
- 3. Look for black cap or minus sign near connector (positive terminal has a red cap or plus sign)
- 4. Use socket wrench to loosen nut on negative connector (by turning counterclockwise)
- 5. Disconnect negative connector by pulling it off
- 6. Set it aside away from the battery