Your car’s battery is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. When used and cared for properly, you lessen the risk of having trouble in starting your car.
A car that just won’t start is a common reason why roadside assistance is needed. That’s why you need to know how to prevent that by knowing how to properly care for your car’s battery.
Here are a few tips on how you can do just that:
Regularly change your battery
Your car battery won’t last forever. Although it can hold a charge for a long time and can be used for years to come, it is recommended to have it replaced every four years. By doing so, you also protect the health of your car. It also helps make sure that you don’t run out of juice when you’re currently in the middle of the road.
Check the acid level
Regular checks in the acid level should also be done. This is usually done at intervals of 6 months. Be watchful of acid stratification, in which the batteries only charge at below 80 percent. In this scenario, the battery doesn’t fully charge. When this happens, the electrolytes are only concentrated at the bottom.
Carefully add water
In case the electrolyte levels are low, you will notice that the plates are exposed on the top. You can remedy this by adding distilled water but if you do, make sure to be very careful when doing so. You only need to fill it up with water until it covers the plates.
The best way to do this carefully is to use a funnel or a sports bottle that has a tapered opening. Either of these will help you to control the flow of water so you can carefully top up the water level. After refilling with water, recharge the batteries with the battery charger.
Don’t forget to conduct a battery load test
Usually done every month by a mechanic, the battery load test should be conducted. This is a test that checks to see if the device charges properly even in cold temperatures.
Clean your battery
Cleaning your battery is another thing you shouldn’t forget to do because dirt and buildup can cause corrosion. Make sure the terminals of the batteries are free of dirt and debris. Most mechanics will recommend ammonia-based window cleaners. Some also say that baking soda plus water works really well in removing crusted debris with the help of a wire brush.
In case you charge your battery manually, make sure it’s not over-charged. Overcharging it can also lead to damage. To prevent that, make sure to check on your battery every 30 minutes.