Tips for Maintaining your Car Battery

Tips for Maintaining your Car Battery

Most people rarely give much thought to their car battery until their vehicle simply does not start one day. In order to work properly and provide you with the reliable performance you expect, your car battery does require some routine maintenance.

Before any attempt to service the battery remember to have alternate power connected to the car in such a way that when you disconnect the cables to replace the battery or service it that you do not eliminate all the programming in the different computers in the car.

Here are a few important things anyone can do to maintain your car battery:

  • Clean the two posts that are connected to the battery cables. In particular, it is important to make sure that this area of your battery is free from corrosion. If your battery becomes corroded, the cables may not receive the charge they need from the battery, thus preventing your vehicle from starting. By keeping the terminals clean, you can go a long way toward preventing possible problems.
  • Check and relenish the water level to the bottom of the refill holes in each cell. Tests have proven that battery life is not degraded by using ordinary tap water vs distilled water which was once required. Check the battery’s water level every 2 or 3 months.

More batteries fail during the summer months than during the winter as the heat really takes its toll on battery life. In the event the water level drops too low, your battery may also have a difficulty in maintaining a charge.

Do not make the mistake of waiting until your car is slow to start.

Being proactive is always better and the time to handle issues is before they begin. The next time you stop by your local garage, ask to have your battery checked. If you are planning to take a trip this summer, it is also a good idea to bring your vehicle in for a check with your auto mechanic prior to hitting the road. A quick check is all it takes to make certain you are not stranded later.

It is not a good feeling to sit in the car and then we get to know that it won’t start. so, to avoid it clean the battery terminals on the top of the battery every three months.

A final tip, after you have serviced the battery cables and topped up the water, applying a thin coat of petroleum jelly to thre cables will slow the corrosion in most cars.