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How to Extend the Life of Your Toyota’s Battery

Posted at Tue, Feb 2, 2021 9:00 AM

The battery is one of the most crucial parts of your Toyota, because without a functioning one, you will not be going anywhere. Not only is it responsible for getting your car to start, but it also runs things like the air conditioning/heater, radio, and charging ports. While most batteries do have an average lifespan of two to five years, various factors can lessen that lifespan. If you would like to preserve and extend the lifespan of your Toyota’s battery in order to prevent the hassle and expense of having to get a new one, keep reading. Our Westbury Toyota experts have provided a list of a tips you can follow that will hopefully keep your vehicle’s battery operating like new for a long time.

Avoid Driving in Temperature Extremes

When your car is running, the engine is putting off a lot of heat. If you spend a lot of time driving during summer months, you are going to be putting a heavy drain on the battery. This can greatly increase the chance of the battery going dead, unless you utilize the right driving methods for extremely hot weather. These include:

  • Parking in shady spots whenever possible
  • Drive for longer distances as opposed to short stops and starts, as longer drives give the alternator time to charge the battery
  • Refrain from plugging too much in, such as chargers, portable media players, and laptops. Also try to keep from using the onboard systems like navigation and media

The best way to avoid putting unnecessary heat strain on your battery is to not drive at all when the temperature is soaring, but if it cannot be avoided, be sure to follow the above advice to lessen the battery drain.

Keep the Battery Terminals Clean

The terminals will corrode over time, but if you get into the habit of keeping them clean from harmful buildup it can go a long way toward extending the battery’s life. All you need for this is a toothbrush, a baking soda/water mixture, and a spray bottle full of water. Scrub the terminals with the toothbrush and your mixture, then rinse with the spray bottle. Finish by drying the terminals very thoroughly with a clean cloth or towel. If you repeat this process whenever the terminals start to look grimy, you will add a bit of extra life to your vehicle’s battery.

Make Sure the Battery Is Fastened Securely

If the battery’s fastenings are loose, it may lead to vibrations, which in turn can lead to short circuiting and internal damage. You can either check the terminals yourself to ensure that they are securely fastened or have your mechanic do it. This is particularly important if you spend a lot of time driving on uneven, bumpy roads, as the jarring could lead the battery to become loosened.

Regularly Test the Battery

You can test the battery on your own by using a car battery tester. By testing your car’s battery at regular intervals, you can keep an eye on the output voltage level. This will keep you informed on what kind of shape it is in, and also let you know if the time has come to purchase a new one.

Be Sure to Turn Off All Lights When Exiting

While most newer cars have headlights that automatically shut off after a certain amount of time once the engine is turned off, some older cars might not. Additionally, it’s easy to leave an interior light on by accident, although your vehicle will probably chime at you to remind you. Leaving any of these lights on for hours can drain your battery completely, so do a quick check before you open the door to ensure that everything is turned off.

Easy Ways to Extend the Life of Your Battery

These tips are fairly simple to follow, and if you do so often you will assuredly be extending the life of your Toyota’s battery. If you would like to know the state of your current battery but are not sure where to start, do not hesitate to contact us here at Westbury Toyota. We would be more than happy to take a look to check your battery life and install a new one if needed.

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