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Summer Time Tips for Maintaining your Car Battery

In the summer, your battery is actually quite vulnerable to damage as a result of the heat. Corrosion, evaporation of battery fluids and explosion are just some of the ways the summer heat can harm your battery. There are some things you can do to prevent the heat from having a really bad affect on your battery.

Get to know your battery

Get out your car’s manual, and read the section that talks about the type of battery in your car. This will tell you what the battery indicator lights in the car mean and how to clean your battery. Make sure you wear safety goggles, gloves and a shirt with long, thick sleeves. You may need to add water to your battery. Always use distilled water.

Help your battery to complete its lifespan

Typically, a car battery has a lifespan of four years. You can help it reach this mark by protecting it from extreme temperatures. Try not to leave your car sitting out in the hot sun on a regular basis. Here’s why:

There is water in your battery’s fluids, and heat can cause this water to evaporate, which would be detrimental to your battery.

The heat also causes corrosion, which means your battery will slowly disintegrate. The battery gets hot on its own. Summer temperatures of 95 degrees or more are not going to help.

Keep your battery in a covered parking area or in your garage. If your car will be sitting for an extended period of time in an unprotected area, you could always take the battery out until you are ready to use it again.

Keeping your car in your garage during the cold winter months will help it reach life expectancy too.

Have your battery tested

General Power Batteries Inc. is a leading source of information on automotive batteries. They also inspect and test batteries. Having your car battery tested biannually or even every three months will ensure it doesn’t give out on you at the wrong time. A test will let you know the condition of your car’s battery and how soon you should plan on getting a new one.

A test can tell you a lot, but if your battery is leaking or bulging in places, then you need to replace it.

General Power Batteries Inc. services are available in Tucson, Arizona. Don’t hesitate to get in contact for all of your car, golf cart, and marine battery needs and questions.

Battery Charging Essentials

Keeping a car battery charged is part of a good maintenance plan; you want to be sure you car starts when you need it most. Most people have had experience jump starting a car at one time or another, hooking the battery of a running car to your drained battery, but in this article, we’re discussing keeping your healthy battery fully charged, or putting a charge on a dead or nearly dead battery in your home.

There are several steps to assure you get a solid charge, and maintain a safe environment while charging to avoid the possibility of any injury.

For equipment, you should consider owning a trickle charger. This is a device that plugs into your wall outlet and has jumper cables attached to it. A trickle (slow) charge provides a charge to your battery on a ‘non-urgent’ basis, and batteries seem to hold charges that have been delivered by a trickle charger for a longer period of time.

In order to prepare your car and battery for charging, you’ll need to follow a few steps:

1) Clean the battery terminals if needed. If they have a white powder like substance on them, this is dried sulfuric acide and can burn your fingers, so use caution. Clean the terminals with dry sandpaper, or a clean cloth with baking soda.

2) Remove the cell caps, the series of small caps on top of the battery. Gases build up during charging and removing the caps allows the gas to escape safely.

3) Attach the jumper cables, matching the appropriate colors, or the POS and NEG indicators. Do not let the jumper cables touch each other.

4) Turn on the charger, and let it run overnight. Check the meter in the morning and if reads less than an ampere, the task is complete and you can unplug the charger, and remove the jumper cables.

5) Test. See if you can start the car easily, without effort. If you can, your charge was successful; if you can’t, you probably need a new battery.

You can check your battery’s charge from time to time with a tool called a hydrometer If your battery has good days and bad days, you can tell if you need to ‘top off’ a charge from the hydrometer reading. Come and visit us at General Power Batters, where are always happy test and service your battery for you.

Predicting Car Battery Failure

There is nothing more frustrating than walking out to your car on a cold winter’s day only to discover that your battery is dead. If you are vigilant with your car battery maintenance, then you will always be able to keep your car battery in good shape. This will ensure that you never have to face the awful scenario of a dead car battery. Here is a guide to car battery maintenance to keep your car starting when it needs to.
Signs Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

The first step to proper car battery maintenance is always keeping a sharp eye on it. When you watch your battery closely, you can see signs that it is in need of replacement. The first sign is age. Any battery over three or four years old is in danger of losing its ability to hold a charge.

You also may see the check engine light come on if your battery is wearing out. If your car is very slow to start and making sluggish sounds when you crank the ignition, it is a strong sign that your battery probably needs to be replaced.

It is also important to physically inspect your battery from time-to-time. Look for signs of leaking fluids. If the battery appears to be swollen, this is another sign it is in need of replacement. If the fluid levels in the battery are low, then you most likely will need to replace the battery soon.

Maximizing the Life of Your Battery

Although every battery wears out eventually, there are several things you can do to prolong its life as much as possible. The first step is to minimize the short trips you take with your car. If you only ever use your car for short trips, the battery will rapidly lose its charge. You need to mix a long trip in occasionally to ensure your battery remains fully charged.

You should also keep the terminals of the battery clean to prolong the battery life. In addition, you need to avoid extremes of temperature to maximize battery life. You can help to protect your battery from the harsh weather by insulating it by installing a battery insulation kit.

As long as you keep an eye on your battery and take care of it well, you will make the chances of experiencing a dead battery almost nil. A good battery will last you for three to five years, and you will make sure you get the most out of it by following these tips. Visit General Power Batteries for wholesale prices on car batteries today.

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