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Car Battery Maintenance let Durable

I have a 2004 Ford usually give us advance warning to the battery will die because of the power sliding door did not move without electricity, so when the kids, I announced to me that the van door would not open, I immediately know what caused the problem.
It turns out I forgot to turn it off when we went to the home, and one small dome lights drain the battery overnight.

Flashing forward to the next day, and we’re loading in the van to go to church. No electric door, not even enough battery power to unlock the gearshift, so I could push the van out of the garage to get a jumpstart from a friend. Turns out I did it again: I am leaving the interior lights on, all night long. We decided to skip church and I plugged in the charger mini-jumpstart that I had received when I worked at Motor Trend, hoping that I could use it to charge the battery to get the kids to school on Monday morning.

Unfortunately, bad products still do not have enough power in it (after charging for 22 hours!) To get me started, so again, I called Accu Autocare, and once again, sent a service technician was very courteous and helping others, which (once again) my battery tested to show that it is now no better than a brick in my engine bay. Of course, I need to get the kids to school, so I asked him just to get me started and said I would then replace the battery. (The car is currently sitting in my garage, and I pray it will restart it later so I can get the battery replaced)

In that situation, because I often lent the car manufacturers to test, I did not get a minivan driven regularly, so that the battery does not get restocked usual while driving. Sometimes sit for weeks at a time, which is very hard on preserving battery life.

check-battery_in_carFrom that experience, then I conclude that the average car battery age lasted only about three to four years depending on usage. If you live in a climate, especially hot or cold, extreme temperature can cause your battery to wear out faster.
You can extend the battery life of your own by following these simple maintenance tips:
Keep it clean from crust: Clean the battery terminals on the poles of the battery every three months or so with a wire brush. This ensures there is nothing between terminals and connectors to disrupt the supply of electricity. Also, make sure the terminal is nice and tight to prevent electrical drainage which can make it difficult to start your car.

Unplug when not in use a long time: This is the biggest problem your car! Remove the wire from the negative terminal of your battery if you know the car will not be driven for two weeks or more. This will help prevent the gradual loss of power from powering hour vehicles, electrical goods and other passive. Make sure you save the connector from the battery when you close the hood.

Start up and drive occasionally: alternator will charge your battery when it is being driven, so try to start and drive for at least 20 minutes twice a week. According to e-How, “a lot of the initial cycle, coupled with the short-term will leave your battery charged under ideal specifications.”

Too many short trips without sufficient drive time will shorten the life of your battery, so make sure you start and driving your vehicle to keep the battery fully charged.