Maintaining Your Car Battery.

Here's A Simple Tip To Extend The Life Of Your Car Battery.

One of the first problems with maintaining your car battery is the build-up of corrosion around the terminals.

Do a monthly inspection of the battery terminals to make sure they are clean and corrosion free.
Maintaining Your Car BatteryCorrosion destroys the connection between the battery and the vehicle and many batteries are replaced due to too much corrosive build up.

Often, this can be easily treated by simply pouring a small amount of Cola or a DIY anti-corrosion paste (one part water to three parts baking soda) over the corroded areas. The acid in the Cola or the alkaline properties in the DIY anti-corrosion paste will eat the corrosion away.

After the corrosion is gone, use a clean damp rag or sponge to clean up the remaining residue and moisture. Be sure to let it dry, then rub some petroleum jelly on the terminals to prevent future corrosion.

Important Safety Precautions when maintaining your car battery:

Safety Precautions:

Before disconnecting your car battery read the car owner’s manual first.

Normally, the negative cable is to be disconnected first and then the positive cable. When you re-connect the battery, connect the positive cable first and then the negative cable. If done in the wrong order it may affect your car’s fuses and other electronics.

Remove your car keys from the ignition before working on the battery. Some cars are more sensitive to this procedure than others – like German Luxury Cars (Mercedes Benz and BMW type cars) – so use extra caution.

If you are charging a battery do it in a well ventilated area. If you are handling a car battery that is installed you should open the hood of the car for a few minutes to allow for ventilation first.

These simple recommendations will help to ensure a long life for your car battery.

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