Taking_Care_of_Your_Car_s_Battery by paydot888

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									Taking Care of Your Car’s Battery

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Summary:
Your car's battery isn't completely "maintenance free" no matter what
someone tells you. You must check your battery annually or risk being
inconvenienced or worse.


Keywords:
car battery, vehicle headlights, fog lights, alternators, car parts,
battery cables, mufflers, Isuzu


Article Body:
Every car comes with one, but some motorists act as if this particular
component is completely maintenance free. What am I talking about? Your
car’s battery. Technological advances have made “maintenance free”
batteries standard equipment on virtually every vehicle produced today.
However, the term “maintenance free” is a misnomer, one that can leave
you stranded if you do not perform proper and regular maintenance.
Battery maintenance isn’t difficult to do, so let’s take a look at what
you can do to keep your car running.

Before discussing battery maintenance, please make sure that your battery
is, in fact, the sealed type. If it isn’t, then the “maintenance free”
label certainly does not apply and you will need to add water on a
regular basis. Unsealed batteries are easy to spot as they have small
vent caps on top of the battery which can be twisted open. You will need
to periodically add distilled water to maintain water levels; more so in
the summer months as water tends to evaporate quicker. Do not let your
battery run low or run out of water as the battery’s cells can be ruined.

If your battery is of the sealed variety, then the “maintenance free”
label is still only partially true since the term only extends to you not
needing to add water to the cells as you would with an unsealed battery.

<b>With any type of car battery - sealed or unsealed - you must do the
following to help keep it working properly:</b>

<b>1. Clean the cables.</b> Disconnect the cables from the battery and
clean them with a wire brush that has been doused in a home made mixture
[the mixture combines one tablespoon of baking soda with one cup of
water]. Use this same mixture to clean off the top of the battery; use a
small and clean paint brush to apply the solution where needed.

<b>2. Lubricate the posts.</b> A small dab of petroleum jelly on each
post will help keep your cables clean and free of corrosion longer. In
addition, the jelly will make it easier for you to slip the cables back
onto the battery.
<b>3. Check connections.</b> Besides the connection between the cable and
the posts, make sure that the battery hold down bar is securely in place.
Not all cars have or need a battery hold down bar, but if yours has come
so equipped, you will need to put it back in its proper place.

That’s it! Car battery maintenance is an easy task and one that should be
performed on an annual basis. If you keep your battery properly
maintained, you will extend its life and greatly reduce the chance that
your battery will fail you at an inopportune time. Yes, the “maintenance
free” label is incorrect, so please don’t be lulled into forgetting to do
something that should never be overlooked.

								
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