A long life for the car battery

Have you ever had one of those days that you need to rush to a meeting or another function and suddenly you realise that you car is not working? Is this is the case certainly you are not alone since car batteries can stop working for various reasons. However, regular battery maintenance practices can help it last longer, and eliminate those frustrating moments.

A regular car battery lasts about 3 years, after which you will need to replace it with a new one regardless of how much you try to recharge it. on the other hand, you might have the battery power draining out more quickly depending on how you use it, which can include leaving interior lights on when not in use as well as failing to drive the car regularly, however, you can make the car last longer by consulting The Battery Guys for additional advice.

How do you give a car battery a long life? Will now tell you about some regular care, which support high capacity battery or prevent premature discharge. Here are a few tips:

  • Removing light sulfation (training cycle)

In dilution plates of the battery are covered with fine-grained lead sulphate, which in charge, again is converted to active mass.
In abnormal operation and improper maintenance of the battery (mainly during prolonged urban management without periodic recharging, low electrolyte levels, damage to voltage regulator relay, deep discharge of the battery) in the active mass of the plates forms large crystals of lead sulphate. They clog the pores and do not allow the electrolyte to penetrate it.

The battery starts quickly "fall". These crystals can not be removed during charging. The battery capacity decreases and it quickly "fall".

To remove slight sulphated plates of at least 6 months should be conducted so called training cycle.

The battery is charged and then on dilution in a special device or in consumer, whose power is such that through it flows current equal or less to or the capacity of the battery. 55-ampere-hour battery - about 5 amps. In other words, if you have no discharge device, the battery can plug a lamp for headlight .

Drop in battery voltage during discharge is monitored by a voltmeter or multimeter. Initially it is very slow, but gets the voltage to 11.0 volts (twelve volt battery), it begins to decrease quickly. From that moment the tension must be continually monitored, since in any case should not be allowed to fall below the minimum 10.5 volts under which the battery is destroyed. When reaching the lower limit of the device or the lamp is off.

Then the battery immediately refilling. If not received enough good effect, as voltage and density have not raised enough, a training cycle can be repeated.

  • Desulphurization (new "life") of the battery

If the battery, despite its frequent charges, does not provide good engine starting, do not rush to buy new. There are ways to remove accumulations of sulfate (the sulfation) when its formation is still in an early stage. We will focus on the most accessible of them.

The charged battery as much as possible includes the dilution and the implementation of the training cycle. Once the voltage drops to the minimum level, the caps are removed and the electrolyte is poured to drop into a clean large plastic container, such as a bowl. Then clean the battery from leaking along the outer surface of the electrolyte. Cells should be washed several times with distilled water, battery shaked vigorously. Initially there will release haze, but gradually the water would be cleared slowly. Often takes at least 30-40 hours to increase the density of the electrolyte to the desired 1.15 g / cm3.

The important thing is that thanks to this desulphurization surface and pores of the active mass are already "unclog". If no other injury, such as distorted and given "shorted" plates, likely the battery will serve you for a long time.