A Porsche car battery usually lasts between 3 to 5 years. However, many car owners find themselves changing their car batteries after 1 to 2 years which is not normal. Why does this happen? And how can you prolong your Porsche’s car battery life?
One of the most important factors that affect a car battery’s life span is the weather. Neglect is also another factor that sends many car batteries to the landfill. To help your car battery avoid an early grave, here are some simple tips on how you can make it last longer.
Test Your Battery Often
In order to maximize the life of your car battery you need to know its condition first. Use a car battery tester to test the output voltage level of the battery to keep track of how well you are maintaining it. Testing your battery often will also alert you when you are due for a new one.
Keep The Battery Tightly Fastened
When a car battery is loose, the vibration from the car while it is moving can reduce the life of the battery. Excessive vibration can also damage the internal components of the battery, reducing battery life and creating short circuits. While fastening the clamp nuts of the battery, make sure that it is not too tight. As you turn the clamp nuts and start feeling the resistance, continue for an additional half turn before you stop.
Avoid Making Short Trips
The battery is given a workout every time you start your Porsche. However, it is during a long journey that it gets recharged. If you are used to driving for short distances, it makes it impossible to regain the amount of power lost by the battery. Your battery voltage will reduce steadily if you continue driving to short distances, making it hard to start the car. You can maintain your battery power by driving it for longer distances and frequently. Invest in a battery charger to maintain the correct voltage if you are unable to use your car often.
Minimize Heat Exposure
Most Porsche owners know that cold weather kills car batteries. However, cold weather is not entirely at fault. The truth is that car batteries work harder to start the engine during cold months, however, many fail at this time due to the damage sustained during the hot months. During summer, car batteries tend to lose a lot of water through water evaporation from the cells. In winter, the cold saps the remaining cranking power when trying to start cold engines using thick oil. To avoid this problem, simply start by parking your Porsche in the shade or keep it garaged while not in use. You can also try insulating the battery to minimize loss of water during hot weather.
Keep The Battery Clean
Ensure that you keep your battery dry, clean and free of grime and dirt. You can scrub the battery terminals using water mixed with baking soda to prevent them from corroding with time. A dirty battery discharges across the grime on top of the casing which creates a mild short circuit.