Like all batteries, a VW battery will expire eventually, which is why it is essential to perform regular maintenance for longer battery life. There are many things you can do to extend the lifespan of your VW Polo car battery.
Certain types of batteries are sealed or maintenance-free. If you are not using this type of battery, make sure to regularly check your electrolyte levels. The electrolyte is the liquid inside the battery, which is a combination of sulfuric acid and water.
To top up, first, open the ports on the top of your VW Polo car battery using a flat-head screwdriver or knife. You will then find six holes or cells that you can pour water into. You can use a torch to look into each cell, and see if the liquid is unequal. If so, top up with some distilled water using a clean funnel or even a turkey baster until the plates are covered.
However, if you have a dead or weak battery, then avoid filling the cells fully with water; just put enough to cover the plates. Overfilling the cells will cause spilling and leaking because the electrolyte level in weak or dead batteries rises whenever they are charged or hot.
Aside from taking care of your battery’s electrolyte levels, you should also clean the battery terminals to lengthen the battery life in VW Polo’s or other vehicles.
Locate your battery and disconnect the negative cable first, followed by the positive cable. Take a good look at your battery. If it is a non-sealed wet battery type, there might be grime build-up and corrosion on its terminals. This can significantly impact performance.
You’ll need to clean this grime and corrosion off as soon as possible. You don’t need a specific car battery cleaning product; you can make a homemade battery cleaner by mixing one tablespoon of baking soda into a cup of water. Stir it well until it is thoroughly mixed.
Next, dip an old toothbrush into the solution and use it to scrub the terminals. Work your way around each of the VW battery terminals until all the dirt has been removed. Afterwards, put water into a spray bottle and spray it directly on the terminals for a quick rinse. You can also use a damp rag to wipe away the residue.
Once you remove all the dirt, use a clean rag to dry the surface of your battery, then apply some petroleum jelly onto the dry battery terminals. Doing so will keep them lubricated and help prevent corrosion. It will improve the connection to the terminals, too.
To reattach, start with the positive terminal this time, followed by the negative one.
If your battery case is swollen, bloated, or leaking, then no amount of cleaning or maintenance will save it. We recommend heading over to our online store urgently, to look for an affordable and reliable VW Polo car battery replacement today! For more information, call us via 01772 348317 or email us at [email protected].
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Which battery is the best for Polo?
You will want the best Volkswagen automotive batteries for your vehicle. So, you should find an affordable yet high-quality battery. Some of the more reputable brands available on the market are Odyssey, Varta, Bosch, and Torq.
How long should a VW car battery last?
Your brand new Volkswagen hatchback comes with an original battery, which should last about six years. However, a battery’s lifespan is greatly affected by usage levels and the climate you live in because Volkswagen auto batteries are vulnerable to extreme cold and heat.
How do I know what battery I need for my car?
Before purchasing a car battery for your Polo, you should first identify its group size. You can look at the cover or label of your old battery or, refer to your car’s manual. To keep things simple, we provide a battery finder on our website to help you identify the right battery for your car!
How long does it take to charge a car battery?
A Volkswagen vehicle battery holds around 48 amps, so you will need about 12 hours to fully charge it using a trickle charger. The best time to charge your car battery is at night before you go to bed, so it’s ready to go first thing in the morning.
Can I put any car battery in my car?
You won’t be able to fit any battery in your car. You should first measure the battery tray to identify the right VW Polo battery size. Also, consider the CCA or Cold Cranking Amps requirements of your vehicle to ensure your car engine starter won’t have difficulties if the weather is too cold.
Tips On How To Prevent Your Battery From Going Flat
Batteries deteriorate faster when left for long periods without use. They also need to get a full charge cycle from the car’s alternator, and this only happens whenever you drive your vehicle.
If you don’t plan to use your car for a while, then it’s advisable to remove the battery and store it in a cool, dry place. However, this method may not be applicable to some car models from 2014 and onwards due to their complex electronics.
The Meaning Of CCA And AH On Car Batteries
When it comes to buying VW Polo car batteries, car owners may have different preferences. Batteries with a CCA rating are better for those living in colder places, as a higher CCA rating means better starting power in freezing weather.
The other key number to look at is the amp hour rating or AH. AH refers to how long your battery can last if it is not recharged.
Precautions During Battery Fitments
Fitting a replacement battery is relatively easy, but things can go wrong if you’re not careful. Remember to always wear protective clothing and gloves to avoid electric shocks, chemical burns, and other hazards. You should also avoid smoking when near automotive batteries.
Another thing to be avoided is wearing jewellery, which can conduct a lot of heat, causing severe burns. Make sure you take off watches and other jewellery and keep your tools away from the battery.
If you need a replacement battery or just want battery-related advice, Orius Batteries staff are experts who can help. Call us now!