If I’m not going to drive my car for a few weeks, I should disconnect the battery.
With the upcoming holiday season, you may be planning on taking a long trip in which you won’t be driving your car. Some people may have advised you to disconnect your battery so it doesn’t die. However, this is a bad idea. Many systems in your vehicle require a continuous amount of power to operate. If you disconnect the battery, these systems may not work, even when you reconnect the battery. To avoid this, invest in a car battery maintenance charger, which will ensure your battery stays fully charged while you are away.
A discharged battery won’t affect my fuel economy.
When a battery has fully discharged, which is also referred to as flattened, the car’s alternator will try it’s hardest to recharge the battery. This added load on the alternator and engine will cause your vehicle to use significantly more fuel.
Tap water is okay to use to refill the water level in the battery.
It is never okay to use tap water to replace lost water in batteries. Tap water can produce mineral build up that blocks the pores and coats the plates of the battery. You should only use distilled, deionized or demineralized water.
Batteries last longer in hot climates.
Hot climates and extreme heat will actually kill a car battery faster due to water loss, heat distortion and an increase in corrosion. Even if you have a low maintenance car battery, it’s still important to ensure it’s topped off with electrolyte, heat shields are replaced and is kept at full charge.
Did you believe any of these myths? If so, that’s okay. Many people do. But if you come down to Christian Brothers Automotive Warwick, we’ll give you the full truth about your battery and the rest of your electrical system. Contact us today and we’ll show you the nice difference.