Your vehicle has been your faithful steed through all of your adventures this summer. As temperatures start to rise again, you need to make sure that your car or truck can still run smoothly without breaking down or overheating. If you’re not sure how to take care of your vehicle’s battery, then here are some tips you can follow.
You need to observe a few precautions first. For example, be sure to wear eye protection so that hot oil won’t be a hazard if some hits in the face. The same goes for any steam that vents out when you open the hood. You should also wear long sleeves while working on your vehicle’s battery. Don’t forget about the gloves, either, because you don’t want to get splashed with battery acid. In short, wear as much protective clothing and gear as you can.
Inspect the Battery
Now it’s time to inspect your battery. Whether you drive a car or truck, the battery will start to wear down. Heat can cause corrosion in the engine bay, evaporate battery fluid, and decrease overall battery power levels. If you spot cracks, leaks, or bulges, these are signs you need to remove the current battery and get a new one put installed. While inspecting your battery, you’ll also need to check how much fluid is left in it. Pull off any caps or plugs that you see. If you find battery fluid on the vertical plates, then everything is okay for the time being. But if you can see the plates, then you’ll need to add some distilled water. Be careful when you add the water because overfilling could cause the battery acid to overflow. Don’t use tap water for this part of the process.
Get Rid of Corrosion
Now you can get rid of any rust or corrosion that you see. For this step, you’ll need a terminal brush, a terminal wrench, cleaner spray, and a water source. Unplug the cables from your battery. Make sure you get both of them when you do this. Put the terminal brush into the post and then turn the brush. Turn the brush at least twice. You’ll also need to clean the cable end. Turn the brush until you can see bright metal. Then use the wrench to reinstall the cables and spray everything with the cleaner spray. After a minute or two, rinse off the cleaner spray with some water.
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