How to extend the life of a car battery.

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Getting flat car batteries is something many drivers will have experienced. The most frustrating thing is it can happen at the most inconvenient of times, like before heading out on a first date or going to a wedding! Unfortunately this will always cost money. But you can allay these fears by ensuring your car is serviced regularly so you or your mechanic can spot any potential faults.

Here are three suggestions for how to extend the life of your battery:

1. Check and ensure the battery terminals are not dirty. Look at both the positive and negative terminals more than once a month. Should they appear unclean take off the wiring and use a post-scrubber to get rid of any dirt because optimal contact is needed. To wipe the cables and terminals use a mixture of water and baking soda. It is essential when doing this you wear protective gloves and goggles for protection.

2. Another simple piece of DIY car care may be to check that the distilled water level is correct in the battery. There may be an indicator which shows how much water to put in. It is also vital to have correct electrolyte levels to ensure you get the best performance from your car battery, so check for cracks in the casing on a regular basis. Should you find any the battery will need to be replaced as soon as possible.

3. Being prepared for car journeys is very important so it is advisable to test your battery acid using a hydrometer. If the battery is fully charged there should be a reading of 1.265 or more, if it is any less then it will need recharging.

By carrying out these three basic pieces of car maintenance you will make sure the life of your car batteries will be extended. Don’t forget that your local mechanic is able to check over your vehicle if you get it serviced regularly and they can point out problems it may have. However, there’s no harm in knowing how to look after your car battery and it could save you money in the long run.

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