Automotive

Car Batteries: Separating The Myth From The Facts

There has been countless pointers and guidelines about caring and maintaining a car’s batteries, and rightly so since these are the sole responsible for starting up a car’s engine and providing power to all electronic components of the car. However, not all of these are quite true and some may be already outdated due to technological advances in automobile engineering.

While having knowledge on car battery maintenance and diagnosis is important, it’s also necessary to be able to distinguish factual car battery care steps from the myth. We’ve listed down few of the most common myths and misconceptions when it comes to caring for car battery in Singapore.

Maintenance is not needed in maintenance-free batteries

These newer types of batteries claiming that they’re maintenance-free actually only extends to the fluid replenishment and electrolyte level maintenance. A regular check of cables and terminals for corrosions or disconnections is still needed to avert any possible problems that may arise.

Recharging the battery by driving it or keeping in idle after a jump start

This is a common mistake for most people. There is no evidence that driving your car, or even keeping it in idle will recharge a dead battery. The only way to recharge car batteries is by using a dedicated car battery charger. After a jump start from a dead battery, it is highly recommended that you have your batteries checked and charged as soon as possible.

There’s a problem with the battery if you see the battery light in the dashboard is on

One of the most common misconception is thinking that a battery light on in the dashboard means the car battery is failing. This signal actually turns on when the charging system of the battery is compromised and the vehicle is running on car battery power alone. However, this doesn’t mean that the signal should be ignored as continually driving with the battery light on could break the car down and damage the entire electronics system.