IF I DRIVE EVERY DAY BUT JUST FOR SHORT DISTANCES....

2010 Ford Focus

Tiny

inmyheart28

December, 1, 2011 AT 2:28 PM

I drive my car almost everyday but usually for short distances. I mean I drive it for maybe 4 miles per day. Once a week I drive it for 10 miles. And perhaps every other week I will take it on a 70 mile highway trip. Will the batery be alright in the short term? The battery died on me once (after a year and a half of having this car but it was replaced for free.) So with this kind of driving should the battery be fresh and strong for the timebeing?

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Tiny

M_H_RITZEL

December, 1, 2011 AT 3:02 PM

With only driving the car for short times it does not even come up to operating temps. With driving it 70 miles every other week helps the engine. To keep the battery fully charged try getting a trickle charger, that way even when it gets cold out the battery will have a good charge.

Tiny

inmyheart28

December, 1, 2011 AT 3:23 PM

If I keep driving as is for the time being will the battery hold up for some time (the battery was replaced a month and a half ago, ) and since once I week I drive it 10 miles, and every other week I drive it 70 miles. Will the battery not have any problems in the short term or would you expect a problem soon?

Tiny

M_H_RITZEL

December, 1, 2011 AT 10:37 PM

Don't see any real problems. If you see that the battery is getting a little slow turning the car over run it for a while. Most batteries are better off when kept charged. About once a week get out and start it up and let it warm up for a few minutes that way it brings the battery up.

Tiny

rasmataz

December, 1, 2011 AT 10:49 PM

Have the battery load tested if okay then the alternator is doing its job-Run the engine atleast 10mins before you take off short or long distance travel so that the alternator recondition the battery-bear in mind the alternator is not a charger, its reconditioner

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