Auto battery Safety Month is in October. To celebrate, Robert’s Collision & Auto Repair is happy to provide information about maintaining a car’s battery and warning signs of a dying battery.
Tips for maintaining a car's battery:
- If you can, park in a garage. A thoroughly insulated garage will keep your battery warm, which will prolong the life of the battery.
- Drive your vehicle on a routine basis.
- Avoid frequent, short drives.
- Try not to leave vehicle accessories on for a long period of time. For example, leaving a cell phone charger plugged in will require the battery to recharge constantly, which shortens the life of the battery.
- Make sure to have your vehicle serviced regularly. An engine in poor condition will overload the battery.
Typically, batteries last about two to three years, but how do you know if your battery is on the verge of dying? Here are the signs to watch out for:
- Your engine cranks when you turn the key, but it will not start.
- Your vehicle does not start, and your vehicle's lights are not working either.
- One day, your engine starts, but the next day, it doesn't.
- You have to jump start your vehicle often.
If you have experienced any of the signs listed above, it may be time to schedule an appointment at Robert’s Collision & Auto Repair. We can inspect your vehicle’s battery, and let you know what the issue is. We are Monterey Peninsula’s premier auto body, mechanical repair, tire service, detailing service, and auto paint service facility. We are located just off Highway 1 at the Del Monte Blvd. Pacific Grove exit. Our shop address is 234 Ramona Avenue, Monterey, CA 93940. Call 831-373-1534 to schedule an appointment.