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How to maintain your bike’s battery

You’re not the only one who can get exhausted after extensive use. Your bike’s battery is its life force, and when it gets drained, or is not taken care of properly, it can lead to malfunctions on the road.

There are many factors that can cause your bike’s battery condition to deteriorate - the weather, dust, blockages etc. These can not only damage your bike’s battery, but also your bike, which can lead to malfunctions and accidents.

Your safety is our primary concern. By keeping your bike in tip-top shape, you can ensure maximum safety for yourself. Here are a few tips to maintain your bike battery, to keep your bike running smoothly and safely.

1.Keep your two-wheeler covered

This is one of the most basic things you can do to take care of your bike, and its results go a long way in reducing risks. When your bike is usually parked outside, it is exposed to elements like weather, insects, dirt - which can have an impact on the life of your battery.

If you are able to have your bike parked in the shade or in a garage, you can extend your battery’s life. This is because exposure to extreme heat can reduce battery life. It is recommended to go the extra mile and cover your bike with a protective bike cover. This ensures that your bike is protected from dust and moisture, in addition to extreme weather conditions, thereby helping in the maintenance of your battery.

2.Clean battery terminals

Over time, your battery terminals can collect dust, dirt, and grime that later oxidise or corrode. A buildup of this corrosion on the terminals can lead to high electric resistance, causing your two-wheeler to not start, or take a while to start.

Cleaning these terminals regularly with a brush, and/or with a mixture of baking soda and water can remove any buildup of dirt and grime, therefore ensuring that your battery lasts longer and runs efficiently.

3.Ensure ventilation

Your bike’s battery needs to breathe too. The battery cells generate hydrogen which is let out through vents present in the battery. Exposure to dust and grime can cause a blockage in these vents, which can result in a buildup of hydrogen, making it very dangerous. That’s why it’s important to make sure that your bike’s battery has proper ventilation.

4.Check electrolyte levels

It is important to pay close attention to your battery’s electrolyte levels when you’re cleaning your battery or getting your bike serviced. Lead acid batteries require the electrolyte levels to be maintained at the right levels to function smoothly and efficiently.

If the level of electrolyte has reduced, you can top it up with distilled water. Make sure to use only distilled water, as tap water can contain impurities that would corrode the battery.

In addition to the above tips, it is important to ensure that your battery is clean and in overall good shape. We would also recommend that you get your bike serviced regularly to ensure longer battery life, and smooth and safe rides. Also get two-wheeler insurance for your bike and ensure it with longer life.

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