Car’s battery is a ride’s heart and soul. The more you know how to properly maintain and care your battery, the fewer chances of being stuck in the middle of nowhere. Being knowledgeable on how to take care of your car on daily basis, is your responsibility as a driver and the owner.
Vaucluse Mechanic: Tips on How to properly maintain the car’s battery
Check the car’s battery water level
You may have either wet-cell battery or absorbed glass matte (AGM) battery.
- If you have AGM type of car battery, do not attempt to open the battery. Let car battery expert check the water level.
- If you have a wet-cell type of car battery, you can check it manually without a car expert. Check the water level every 2 to 3 months.
- Pull the fill caps and inspect the fluid level. Some batteries designed without fill caps because it does not require any water.
- If the level is low, refill the car battery only with distilled water. Use a funnel and pour the water into the cell. The water should only reach the bottom of the refill hole. Do not overfill the battery.
Use a wire brush to clean your car battery. Do this every 6 to 8 months
- Gently remove and pull the connectors in the battery terminal.
- Prepare baking soda mixed with distilled water, soak the wire brush.
- Slowly scrub the battery terminal to obtain the shine and remove dirt and possible dried acid.
Cover the battery with grease.
Through this, it will help to protect the car battery from rust and corrosion.
Inspect cell voltage.
A fully charged car battery has a charge of 12.5 to 12.6 volts.
Bring your car to the service center for battery checking during regular visits. The mechanic can check the voltage and charge your battery, sometimes they will offer products that may help the maintenance of the battery plan. Keep in mind that never test the battery under 12.5 volts until fully charged. The battery tester will only prompt “Bad Battery” if it is not fully charged even though it’s in perfectly good condition.
Check the car battery insulator
Some cars have insulator to prevent and protect the battery against extreme temperatures which can dry out the battery fluids quickly. The car battery insulator should intact and in place.
Bring your car to your trusted car mechanic or shop.
Regular car servicing and tune-ups are also the best way to properly maintain your car’s battery life.
The entire care should be inspected and tested every 4,800k ms (3000 miles) or 3 months.
All these procedures also applicable to luxury cars such as BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Mini and many more. If you are a bit hesitant to follow these methods, call your Bellevue Mercedes specialist.
For car servicing and other car related concerns, you may visit Vaucluse Auto Shop, your Bondi car service and log book servicing.