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Maintenance Of Car Batteries

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Maintenance Of Car Batteries
The car is a very complex matter. It has bearings & seals, belts & hoses to fix. It also has engine, transmission and brake systems to maintain. One of the important pieces in the vehicle that should always be maintained is the car battery. If your battery is damaged or not charged, then you would not be able to start the vehicle in the first place. Maintaining the battery will not only make your car run, it will also be able to save you lots of money since you do not have to buy a new one. Car battery service or maintenance is one of the easiest maintenance items to do. It will not cost much, it is not complex and it will not take too much of your time.

Every time you work on your car battery, always wear the appropriate protective gears such as gloves and goggles. The acid inside the battery is dangerous to the health if inhaled and it can cause burns if it makes contact with the skin. While cleaning or repairing the battery, do not smoke near it. A small spark can cause the battery to explode if you are not too careful. Car batteries have nitrogen gas that is highly flammable so better be careful when handling it.

Here are a few tips when it comes to car battery care. Always check the liquid level inside the battery. There are batteries that you should do this on a regular basis but for maintenance-free ones, you do not have to. In order to check the battery liquid, also known as electrolyte, all you have to do is remove the removable screw-caps at the top of the battery. You will see here the plates after removing the caps. The plates should be covered by electrolytes. The liquid should be on the same level as the base of the screw cap. In order to fill up the electrolyte, just use distilled water.

There is a bracket holding the battery in place. You should always make sure that the bracket is sufficiently tight. If this is not tight, then the battery will move around when the vehicle is in used and this will cause damage. Aside from the battery bracket, it is also advisable to check the tightness of the clamps connected to the positive and negative spots of the battery terminal. Any loose connection can cause sudden problems during car ignition.
Ideally, car batteries should be fully charged at all times to get the best result out of it. However, if you do mostly short trips, then the battery will not charge completely. If this is the case, you should be able to use battery chargers in order to maintain fully charged battery.

Over time, batteries will show signs of corrosion. In order to clean this, all you have to do is to disconnect the black and red battery leads so you can clean the terminals and the connectors with ease. Use a small wire brush for this.

Tom Aldridge is the owner of Dale Feste Automotive, located in Hopkins, MN. Tom is also an active board member of the Alliance of Automotive Service Providers of MN, dedicated to improving Minnesotas automotive service industry and the success of members. Tom makes himself available to customers every day and under his direction, Dale Feste Automotive has achieved a 98% customer satisfaction rating and AAA Top Shop award every year since 2000.

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