A popular commercial van in the UK, the Expert is fitted with a powerful and reliable Peugeot battery. This middleweight van is one of the best options for logistics-heavy businesses because of its optimal payload capacity and excellent fuel economy. The Peugeot Expert battery is designed to consistently power up the van day in and day out. From neighbourhood deliveries to cross-country trips, you can expect nothing but the best performance from the Expert.
Although Expert batteries are certainly powerhouses, they don’t last forever. Sooner or later, your Peugeot Expert battery light will start flashing, and you’ll need to look for a suitable replacement.
Luckily, you can extend a vehicle battery’s lifespan by giving it regular, proper care. Van owners need to ensure that their batteries are in good shape so they don’t have to worry about unexpected breakdowns causing productivity setbacks for their business.
You can keep your Expert’s battery in good shape by following these essential battery maintenance tips:
Monitor Battery Levels Regularly
There are two factors to check to determine whether your van’s batteries are in tip-top shape:
- Acid or Electrolyte Level
It’s recommended you check this every six months. The electrolyte level is considered too shallow if the lead plates on your battery are exposed. If you don’t top up your batteries, they won’t be able to charge to 100%.
You can replenish the cells by carefully adding distilled water – try using a funnel or sports bottle to have better control of the flow.
- Voltage Level
You can check your battery’s voltage with a tool called a “multimeter”. The ideal reading is 12.6V. If it measures 12.2V, it’s only half-charged; and any reading below 12V is considered to be a discharged battery.
Avoid Dirt And Rust Build-Up
You need to keep your battery clean in order to avoid corrosion, especially around the terminals where rusting usually starts.
Corrosion is natural for car batteries, but it’s relatively easy to clean with a wire brush. If the rust has hardened, you can dampen the brush with a mixture of water and baking soda to easily remove the build-up.
After cleaning, make sure the battery case and terminals are dry.
Tighten The Cables
Keep the connections between the terminals and the cables intact. If the lugs are loosely attached, these may cause inconsistencies in battery performance.
Keep It Warm
During winter, make use of engine or battery heaters to keep batteries from getting too cold. Low temperatures can cause your battery to struggle when starting up the engine.
Your Peugeot battery will consume less power when it’s warmer. Bear this in mind when driving or storing your van in cold places.
Take Note Of These Car Battery Don’ts
These are the habits and mistakes to avoid when dealing with your car battery:
- Don’t leave your electronics turned on for too long.
- Don’t leave your car engine static for an extended period of time.
- Don’t overcharge your battery.
Replace Your Van Battery Around Every Few Years
Even if you maintain your battery religiously, it will eventually die out. Their average lifespan is about four or five years, so it’s ideal to schedule a replacement for around that point in time. If you notice that your Peugeot Expert battery light is on, you should make sure you have a fresh battery on hand for immediate replacement.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a new battery for my car?
If you’ve owned your current car battery for four to five years, you’ll probably find that it soon starts to become unreliable. You may notice that it begins to lose its power more frequently, which can potentially cause safety issues. If this starts happening, it’s well worth having a replacement ready before it loses its charge fully.
How do you tell if it’s your battery or alternator that’s causing issues?
If your car will actually start, but then dies immediately, it’s more likely to be your alternator that’s faulty and isn’t therefore keeping the battery charged.
On the other hand, if you keep having to jump-start your vehicle, then your car or van battery is most likely the culprit.
How do you know if the car battery is dying?
A sluggish and weak engine crank is an indication that the battery going flat. If you turn the ignition and hear your engine struggling to start, you will probably need to buy a new car battery soon. You may also notice a few power issues such as dimmer than usual headlights and fading dashboard lights.
Do car batteries die suddenly?
Usually, you will notice a few symptoms of inconsistent power before the battery dies completely. Car batteries gradually lose charge irreplaceably over time, and they eventually won’t store enough power to meet the minimum voltage required to start your vehicle.
What are the signs of a bad battery?
Here are some of the common signs of a vehicle battery that’s starting to go flat:
- Headlights are dimmer than normal
- Different engine sounds when turning the key
- Sluggish start
- Needing to step on the accelerator to fire up the car
Battery Warning Light: Are You Losing Charge?
If you notice a flashing battery warning light, this means that your car battery is running at a critically low level. Here are tips to help you when this happens:
- Turn off all non-essential electronics such as stereos, air conditioners, heated seats, and mobile chargers.
- Decide whether you are close enough to get home quickly. If not, try to find a nearby garage or a safe place where you can wait for help.
- Drive cautiously. A discharging battery can cause you to lose control of your steering.
Testing Your Car Battery
You can test the voltage and condition of your car battery using a multimeter. Once you have confirmed the Peugeot Expert battery location within the vehicle, follow these instructions:
- The best time to check your battery is in the morning before you start the car, after a whole night of being parked up.
- Set your multimeter to DC voltage and turn the dial to 20.
- Place the red probe over the positive terminal and the black probe over the negative terminal
- The resting voltage of a fully charged battery is 12.6V. If it measures 12.2V, then it's only 50% charged. If the reading is below 12V, this means your battery is fully discharged.
What To Do In Case Of A Flat Car Battery
A flat but otherwise healthy automotive battery can be drained, but not completely discharged. This means that a quick jump-start may solve the problem.
You can get help from a nearby friend, family member, fellow motorist, or roadside assistance if available. If you don’t have anyone with a second car and a healthy battery handy, you can use a power pack to jump-start your vehicle.
Once you have managed to get your car started, remember to drive around for a while to recharge your battery to full.
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