The new Peugeot 5008 is an excellent family vehicle with lots of great features, so it is crucial to ensure that your battery is in great condition. There is nothing more frustrating than getting into your vehicle and finding nothing happens when you try to start it. CTEK research has shown that Australians spent $761 million last year on car batteries, but you can save money and hassle by taking care of your battery from the moment you collect your Peugeot 5008.
Keeping a Battery Healthy
The health of a car battery is largely dependent on exposure to heat, how long the battery has been used and the amount the battery has been used. Generally, car batteries can last between two and six years, but there are a number of things you can do to prolong this lifespan and keep your battery healthy.
One of the most influential factors for a battery lifespan is the length of the journeys you take. If you only use your Peugeot 5008 for short journeys infrequently, the battery can be negatively affected. Since the battery naturally discharges over time, a short trip not only expends energy by using systems like your air conditioning and using the ignition, but cannot fully recharge. This type of activity could potentially lead to a reduction in the battery capacity permanently or even an increased chance of a dead battery altogether. Fortunately, you can counteract this by using a battery charger or use it as an excuse to take your new Peugeot 5008 on the open road at the weekends for a day out.
Dealing With Heat
Another important factor for the lifespan of a car battery is exposure to heat. The CTEK study showed that drivers in Queensland were most likely to experience a flat battery, here in Australia. This is likely to be because of the hot and humid conditions throughout the region. So, while Perth does have a much milder climate, it is still something to be aware of. Of course, the engine bay generates heat, but you can minimise heat exposure by sticking to shady parking spots on the hottest days and trying to keep your 5008 cooler. This will also make it more pleasant when you return to your 5008 and want to resume your journey.
Avoiding Jump Starts
Most of us have experienced the frustration of having a flat battery, but while it may seem like a good idea to reach for the jumper cables and get help from a friend or neighbour, this should be avoided. Although a deep battery discharge is more likely to cause damage compared to a jump start, your new Peugeot 5008 contains numerous electronic computers and components that could be damaged by a jump start power surge. While there are jumper leads available with a surge protector, a safer way to recharge your battery is with a battery charger, but you need to ensure you pick the correct model for your type of battery.