It’s an old saying that anything left unused for a long amount of time loses itself. This applies to human beings, electronics, motor vehicles, and even car batteries! There a lot of reasons for why a person might need to put his or her car in storage, but even though a car can be left untouched for several months, its battery cannot! To prevent the battery from losing its charge and to keep it working efficiently when stored, the battery should be charging while it stored. That is why it’s risky and unsuitable for a battery to remain uncharged for long periods of time.

Because an unattended battery will ultimately lose its charge, it is recommended to have someone start the car every 2 – 3 weeks and drive it around for 15 – 20 minutes. This can yield several benefits to your car and its lifespan. It will not only help in maintaining the battery’s charge, but it will also help the car to metaphorically “stretch its legs.” This is an effective practice in keeping the engine and other components of the car sufficiently lubricated. Another way to maintain the battery life of a car is to turn on the air conditioner; this will ensure the air conditioner is working properly and circulate fresh air throughout the car.

Sometimes it is not possible to arrange for someone to start the car! In this situation certain measures can be taken to ensure that a battery does not die completely, and luckily there are numerous steps you can take to prevent total battery failure. One way to do this is by disconnecting the negative battery cable. Though you might have to readjust your stereo settings once the cable is reconnected, this can help protect your battery. Another method for protecting your battery is to purchase a battery tender, also known as a trickle charger. This device helps to deliver just enough electrical power to prevent the battery from discharging.

One of the most important things to remember when it comes to car storage is never to store your battery without a charge! Because all batteries have a natural rate of self-discharge, by not charging the battery for months you are basically guaranteeing coming back to a dead battery that cannot be revitalized. Once you understand the importance of keeping a battery charged while in storage, it can help you lengthen the lifespan of your car’s battery and keep it working as effectively as a brand new one!

Posted on: September 21, 2020 By Alara Garage