Car Battery Maintenance

A car battery only needs simple and routine maintenance in order to work properly over its life. If you can open your hood and use a wire brush, you can maintain a car battery. First thing is to pop open your hood and locate your battery.

You will notice the 2 posts that the battery cables are connected to. They must be clean and free of any corrosion. Corrosion is an enemy of your battery and can prevent the cables from getting a charge from the battery. Even worse it can even effect and prevent your car from actually starting.

Keeping battery terminals clean

So simply keeping your terminals clean can keep those troubles away. Get a wire brush and scrub the contacts clean. If you are really motivated, you can remove the cables and scrub the inside of connector and the terminal post. You should have a good contact after you complete this little chore. You should also check your water level of your car battery, and especially when it is hot outside. If the water level drops too low, the battery will have a difficult time holding a charge.

Next time you fill up, ask the guy at the service station to check it for you. Don't wait until your car is slow to crank up. If your battery is not putting out enough juice, it may be too late to save it. The time to save your car battery is BEFORE the warning signs show up, and it's always a good idea to have a pair of jumper cables or a battery booster handy. Follow these simple tips otherwise you'll never know if your battery might have cranked for the last time. You can find helpful on how to make a car battery last longer.