Having a well working battery is an essential part of car maintenance. Not only do you have to know what battery is best for your Orlando vehicle, there are ways to maintain the integrity of the battery. Toyota of Clermont has compiled some quick and essential facts for you to know about your car battery.
What kind of battery is the best for your car?
Not all batteries are made the same! For certain type of vehicles, one type of car battery might actually be detrimental to the performance. Our Clermont Toyota service team has come up with a list to help you choose to best option when looking for a new battery.
- VRLA battery – Valve-regulated lead-acid batteries are low maintenance, sealed, and rechargeable. They use two plates (one negative and one positive) to transmit power so that there isn’t a chance to release gases or leak. There are two different types of VRLA batteries – gel batteries and ASM (absorbed glass mats) batteries.
- Lithium ion battery – These batteries are found in high performing vehicles and newer model cars. Lithium ion batteries hold longer charges, and because of this, they have an overall better fuel efficiency. However, with better performance comes a little bit of a higher cost. Fortunately, you can take advantage of Toyota of Clermont’s service specials to find you the best deals.
- Flooded or wet cell battery – These batteries are the most common and affordable. These are lead acid batteries and have cells with liquid electrolyte. They come either sealed or conventional.
How to keep your battery running
There are a few ways to make sure you are getting the most life out of your car battery.
Clean your car battery. The first think you’ll want to do is to remove the cables. Not only is this step integral to safety, it also makes it easier to get into every nook and cranny of the battery. When cleaning, make sure you don’t forget to clean the terminals with a stiff wire brush. In addition to the brush, you can also use a paste made up of baking soda and water to have a deep clean, or even a can of Coca-Cola!
Check the water level. If your battery doesn’t have enough water to reach the bottom of the refill hole, you need to add more. However, if your battery doesn’t have the capability to fill a cap, a refill isn’t required.
Get its voltage tested. A quick and easy service provided at the Toyota of Clermont Service Center is a battery voltage test. The test ensures that your battery is performing at its best capacity. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in a bad situation because of a faulty battery and have to pay for even more maintenance services.
Unfortunately, it is suggested that you change your battery every three to five years. Toyota of Clermont will be there to guide you in your decision on which car battery to buy. We can also perform proper installations and checks.
For more information about maintaining your car battery, call our Clermont team at (866) 454-1614!