Regular testing and inspection will help to maximise battery life, a simple inspection at least once a month is recommended to maintain optimum performance.
Most modern batterys are maintenance free which meeans you no longer have to check the level or the water in the battery however that does not mean the battery is going to not need maintenance, the battery still has terminals and can still over heat
Quick checklist when examining your battery:
- Ensure the battery top is clean. A dirty battery can discharge across the grime on top of the battery casing.
- Inspect the terminals, clamps and cables for breakage, damage or loose connections.
These should be clean, tight and free of corrosion.
- Inspect the battery case for obvious signs of physical damage or warpage. This usually indicates the battery has overheated or has been overcharged.
- Check electrolyte levels to ensure that fluid levels are over the top of battery plates.
- Test the battery using either a hydrometer, voltmeter, or battery analyser and charge if necessary.
- Have the battery tested, with a smart hand held tester which will test the internal integirty of the battery, most places will test batterys for free.
- Check the date stamp if your battery is over the 2 year mark the battery will start to show signs of age.
Dont wait till the vehicle wont start, Have it tested!