How to Maintain Your Car’s Battery

Maintaining your car’s battery will get you a little more life out of it. If you prefer, we can check your car’s battery regularly to make sure it is okay. We will inspect the battery and test the voltage to ensure it is holding a charge. There are things you can do, as well, to keep the battery in excellent condition. One of these things is to keep the battery warm if you live in freezing temperatures.

Change the Battery

It is recommended that you change the battery in your automobile every four years. This is the average lifespan of a battery. Some people may lose their battery at three years, and others may get five years out of the battery. Either way, if you want to avoid getting stranded with a dead battery, change the battery every four years so you have a new one in the automobile.

Check the Acid Level

You should also check the battery acid level on a regular basis to make sure that it is okay. If you prefer, we can do this at our shop. We staff only expert technicians who know everything about car batteries. Some people are afraid to check the acid because it is acid and you do have to pop the top off the battery to check the acid. You want to make sure that there is plenty of acid in the battery.

Add Water When Needed

Some batteries need water added to them on a regular basis. We can help you determine if your battery is a battery that requires additional water. If it does, you should add water to the battery when it needs it. Only add distilled water to a car battery. Tap water contains minerals that are harmful to the battery. Again, if you prefer, we can add water to your battery when it needs it.

Clean the Battery

Check the battery terminals to see if they are corroded. If they are, mix a solution of baking soda and distilled water. Disconnect the battery cables and scrub the battery terminals with the solution using an old toothbrush. Next, put distilled water into a spray bottle and rinse the battery terminals. Dry them thoroughly and add petroleum jelly to each terminal to protect it.

Finally, also inspect the battery case to make sure that it looks okay. It’s a good idea to inspect your battery every six months. This gives you an opportunity to see if the case is warped or cracked. If it is, come to our shop for a new battery.

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