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5 Things to Consider in Selecting Car Battery

by einalem

5 Things to Consider in Selecting Car Battery

Car batteries will last for years. But it is a fact that throughout your vehicle's life cycle, old batteries will need to be replaced. It can be drained with the frequent use of electrical accessories and lighting for the vehicle. Many car batteries can expire without notice. That's why it's important to be pro-active in replacing the car battery regularly. This simple step can help ensure your road safety and make car maintenance less of a hassle for you and your family.


Of course, it is also important to know how to maintain the car battery in tip-top shape once you had it changed. There are many considerations to look into in selecting a battery, replacing it, and maintaining its condition. This article will provide you with the basic information:


Right Size and Type

When the time comes for you to replace the old battery, make sure that the get a new one with the right size and type for your car. Go through the car manual first or ask a mechanic before buying the replacement.


Durability in Extreme Weather Conditions

It is also important to note that car batteries are designed differently. Some can withstand extreme weather conditions during wintertime. Meanwhile, certain products are best used in warmer climates only. Heat is also a problem though. High temperatures increase plate corrosion and make the electrolytes vaporize faster.


Car Battery Life

Try to find out the expected battery life of the product before making the purchase. You cannot do without car batteries so choose the best one possible. Be conscious of your consumption and use energy wisely. Don't be too stingy though because the electrolytes inside the battery will drain away over time even when it is idle.


Car Maintenance

Majority of batteries today are maintenance-free. There's no need to refill the electrolyte regularly. Certain manufacturers right now are promoting absorbent glass mat (AGM) because they believe this to be safer. However, regular car batteries perform just as well. Overall, there's no need to continuously check your battery because of the technology available.


Recycling Tips

If you're replacing your car battery, then you obviously need a dispose of the old one. Try to bring the used battery to the manufacturer for recycling. Some even provide you with a discount for its return. Whether or not an incentive is given though, it is a good idea to bring the battery where it can be recycled. It will help lessen the toxicity in the environment.


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Top 10 Tips for Car Battery Care

by Orin Zebest

Top 10 Tips for Car Battery Care

Car battery is the rechargeable battery that provides electric power to different components of the car. The primary function of the battery is ignition. In addition, the battery provides extra power for various electronic car components.


If the car battery plays such an integral role in the functioning of the car, then it’s very important to take good care of the battery. Seasonal checks and periodical maintenance of the car battery is crucial to enhance life of the battery as well prevent ignition blues.


Signs of Low Battery


Here are some of the signs that indicate that the car battery is either low or needs to be replaced:


Dim headlights

Slow Ignition

Improper functioning of the car air-conditioner

Spark in the electric wires

Car electronics not working effectively


Here are top 10 tips for car battery care:


Firstly, it is important to keep the battery clean and free from dust. To do so you can use baking soda and a non-metallic brush to get rid of any corrosion from the cables.

Then, disconnect the cables and clean the area surrounding the battery terminals and cables.

To remove the battery cables first disconnect the negative cables and then the positive.

Remove the battery cover and check the level of electrolyte/ it should be about half an inch deep. If the level is not maintained add clean distilled water and let it mix with the electrolyte.

Inspect the battery case for any kind of leakage and cracks. If in case there is any crack replace the battery case.

Make sure the car battery is well secured inside insulated case because the vibrations caused while driving may damage the battery. Ensure that to protect the battery from vibrations, you don’t over tighten the clamps.

To replace the car battery carefully lift the battery because the acid inside can be dangerous.

To reinstall the cables, first connect the positive cables and then the negative.

Smear a little petroleum jelly onto the battery terminal before fastening the cable clamps to the posts. This jelly like substance will help slow down corrosion and enhance life of the attery.

These days many different types of car batteries are available. If in case you have a non-maintenance battery, check if you can see a green dot in the charge indicator. This green dot indicates that the battery is functioning effectively and if the indicator light turns yellow or no colour, it needs to be replaced.

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Q&A: What would make a Battery “Not Take a Charge?”?

by Anastacia Haddon

Question by For Brains (See Pic): What would make a Battery "Not Take a Charge?"?
Im thinking of Household items that have Sulfuric Acid to put in the Battery right now...

Any Household items i can use or "Cut Open" with a Utility knife to get Sulfuric Acid out? Thanks!

And should i charge the battery while i either 1) Get the Sulfuric Acid out of a Household item OR 2) But the Electrolyte in 5 DAYS!!??

And should i also Discharge the battery by driving the Car with it?

Best answer:

Answer by joemong
because the battery is no good.

Add your own answer in the comments!

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