Well, the fist question really to ask is, “Why should I maintain my car’s battery?” Simply put, you don’t want to be left stranded at work, at home, or, heaven forbid, on the side of the road because your automobile electrical system stopped working. It’s not just a convenience matter, it also a matter of personal safety.
It’s not a good feeling to sit behind the wheel of your car to discover it won’t start. Even worse if it’s late at night in a not well populated area. To avoid the potentially scary scenario, here’s a few ways to take better care of your vehicle.
Five Ways To Maintain Your Car Battery
- Visually inspect regularly
- Keep the terminals clean
- Top off the battery fluid when needed
- Keep a set of jumper cables
- Secure your battery
Visual Inspection - If you observe any bulges, cracks or vents in the battery’s case, it is an indication that the battery is failing and that you should replace it.
Minimize Corrosion - Terminal connections should be corrosion free and tight at the point they connect to the battery. If the battery cable ends or clamps have accumulated a white powdery substance, they can be cleaned with a solution of water and baking soda.
Top Off Battery Fluid – Battery fluid is simply distilled water. That is water that has been treated to contain no foreign chemicals or contaminants. Some older batteries have cell covers that can be removed, where distilled water can be added. Newer batteries are self-contained and required no fluid maintenance. If you’re unsure, ask your auto mechanic.
Keep a Set of Jumper Cables – If in the event you do need a boost due to a low (left lights on) or weak battery, having jumper cables makes it easier to ask for help for a jump. Not everyone carries jumper cables, but most peoples cars that are functioning can lend you the use of their working electrical systems, via a jump.
Secure Your Battery – If your battery is jiggling around, it could tip over. A loose battery bashing against other parts of your engine is bad. Battery acid spilling all over your motor is also bad. Keep the battery tray clean. Make sure the battery sits correctly.
Other Guides To Battery Maintenance
QUESTIONS??? - Contact us at North Hills Exxon if you’re in the Raleigh area and your vehicle needs help. We believe in not only providing you with good auto care but also in providing a great value. We want you to take care of your car and to avoid spending more than necessary. After all, taking care of your vehicle the right way is critical to keeping it safe and to keep repair costs down.
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4359 Six Forks Road
Raleigh NC 27609
919 787 2432
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