9. How can I avoid battery problems?


  • Ensure the vehicle charging system is in order
  • Ensure battery terminals are free of corrosion and are tightly fitted
  • Ensure the battery is held in place in the vehicle and that it is not loose
  • Ensure your battery is the right capacity for your vehicle
  • Make sure there are no short circuits or continuous drains of current (such as an alarm or immobiliser) over long periods without the battery being charged
  • Avoid using jumper cables, as this is likely to damage the battery terminals
  • Periodically ensure the battery is fully charged by measuring the specific gravity of the electrolyte
  • Perform regular battery checks