Headlight getting dim and horn not working? Slow and struggling movement of the starter? And clicking sounds while trying to start the bike?
Well, these are some tell-tale signs indicating that your battery’s health is not in proper order and requires servicing.
A bike battery is a critical element that puts your bike in the starting mode and provides energy to other parts. While a bike battery is what keeps your bike in proper health, it is equally important to ensure that the battery’s health is properly taken care of.
Here are some helpful automotive battery tips to improve your bike’s battery life:
A visual inspection of your 2 wheeler battery once in every three months is a must-do practice. (Set reminders if you tend to forget) Look for any loose or broken terminals that could lead to dangerous short circuits. Also, check the exterior for any unsafe crack, leakage, bulge or split as it rings a warning bell that your bike is asking for a battery replacement.
Top up at Regular Intervals (Only in case of 2 wheeler conventional batteries)
If you’re using regular conventional motorcycle batteries, check and ensure that the electrolyte cells are topped up with distilled water. The electrolyte levels are best kept within the upper and lower limit marked on the container of conventional lead-based batteries. Use only distilled water, simply because it has no impurities and helps the bike batteries last longer. Batteries with VRLA technology don’t need any Top-Up.
Clean the Terminals:
The battery terminals and nearby areas should be properly cleaned to prevent corrosion which can cause problems while starting the bike. Keep them in a dry condition always. Cleaning regularly helps prevent the buildup of dirt and sediments which in turn increases the automobile battery’s life in the long run.
Even during long periods of non-use, any automobile battery should be regularly charged. Discharging the battery in an idle state is harmful to the battery; therefore, keep charging the battery every month even if it is not used for a long time.
Keep the battery Grime-free:
Over a period of time tiny dust particles, grime and small pollutants tend to accumulate on the battery. These should be cleaned off using a clamp brush and battery cleaner. To prevent the cleaner from entering the cells, make sure the vent caps are tight. Clean wipe the bike battery with a wet towel and then with another dry towel.