In our last blog we spoke about what to do should your battery be flat. In this blog we talk to maintenance! Travelling by land is fun when you are in for a view of new sceneries, with the company of loved ones and friends. But it only becomes perfect when you do not encounter car problems along the way. Hence enters the need to double check your car once you hit the road. From the air conditioners to the wheels, you have to keep things on track and not let a single malfunction get in your way. Just like other parts of a vehicle, the battery of a car needs to be checked, conditioned and maintained. Failure to do so may cause you problems you would not want to face, most especially when you are in the middle of the road, unequipped of tools and an extra battery you will need for repair or replacement. Below are only a few of the things you can do not only to avoid hassles along the road but also to assure the safety of everyone aboard.
- Wipe away all the unnecessary grease, debris and dirt. For safety measures, the car engine should not be running as you remove the battery for an overhaul cleaning. Remove all of the clamps and start cleaning the exteriors and interiors of the battery. Not doing so may weaken the performance of the battery and may hide and cause more damages that need immediate attention.
- Look out for battery cracks. If you notice that cracks are beginning to form on any part of the battery, it is the right time to replace them with new ones and not risk the chance of it wrecking the car’s engine as a whole. Yes, it may be a minor problem for now, but once the leak starts, you can only guess how much it will cost you to fix the problem you could have prevented from the start.
- Only fill your battery with distilled water and keep it at a moderate level. Distilled water is preferred over other kinds of water as it does not contain minerals that may affect the performance and the life of the battery. Tap water is most especially discouraged as it may shorten the life of the battery. As for the water level, it should not be left to run dry and it should not be completely full as car batteries perform best if they are filled with just the right amount of water.
- Check the electrolyte. The right amount of electrolyte of each port of a car battery is the level where the sulphuric acid just touches the filler tube. Anything below that level may indicate the battery is overcharged, or simply needs a refill and a boost for its performance.
These are only some of the measures you need to take for a well-functioning car battery. Follow by heart and you’ll surely enjoy the ride. But there are times that no matter how careful you are, there are happenings that come unexpectedly. When such situation occurs, it is best to have in your contact book the number of 365 Roadside Assistance as despite all we are here a phone call away to help you!