Battery Care

Electricity is very important for vehicles. Even if you do not drive a hybrid, you still use electricity. Your ignition system needs it, so does your electrical (of course) system. Your car’s electricity comes from the battery so you have to take care of it.

The Auto Channel recently published battery care tips from CarMax. Here are these tips:

  • Wear proper eye, hand and clothing protection when around batteries
  • Check the terminals where cables connect to be sure they are tight and corrosion free. If corrosion is present, have terminals cleaned by professional.
  • Lubricate terminals with a dab of petroleum jelly to keep cables clean and free from corrosion longer.
  • Make sure the battery is firmly secured to its mounting bracket. An unsecured battery can become damaged and cause short circuits.
  • Check the fluid level unless it’s a maintenance-free battery. If the fluid is low, add distilled water. If there is no fluid visible, then replace the battery.
  • Keep your battery case clean. Dirt conducts electricity which can discharge the battery. Use a solution of baking soda dissolved in warm water to clean. Wet the case and agitate with a nylon bristle brush to scrub surface. Rinse well with plain water.
  • Batteries come in many different sizes. When replacing a car battery, make sure you choose the right size for your vehicle. When it comes to car batteries, bigger is not always better.
  • Always disconnect the negative cable first and reconnect it last. Charge battery in a well-ventilated area.

These tips are just easy to follow and I hope this will help you take care of your battery. You do not want of course to be stranded somewhere with a dead battery so I think it is a good investment in your part to take care of your electricity source.

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