DIY Car Maintenance – Check Your Car Battery

Contrary to popular belief, whether they are new cars or used cars, car batteries do require maintenance, and should be checked regularly. Joining our guides to How to Check Engine Oil , How to Buy Used Cars, and How to Check Tyre Pressure, we put together 5 easy steps to check your car battery and keep yourself safe on the road. Read on for the article, or scroll down to check out the infographic!

Before attempting maintenance on the vehicle, be sure that your engine is off.

1. You’ll need to disconnect your battery first. When disconnecting a battery, always remove the negative cable first. Also note that batteries are full of sulfuric acid which generates hydrogen gas, so never smoke while working on a battery. You should immediately wash your skin if it comes in contact with deposits from the battery.

2. Clean the battery terminals using a battery terminal brush or an old toothbrush, with a solution of baking soda and water.

3. Dry everything with a clean lint free rag.

4. Examine the battery for any large cracks. If found, replace the battery regardless of its performance. Examine the battery cables for any fraying or corrosion, and check the battery hold to make sure it performs correctly.

  • If your battery was manufactured for manual electrolyte maintenance, open the filler caps on the top of the battery. If the solution doesn’t touch the the bottom of the filler ports, add distilled water until they do.

5. Close the caps, and reconnect the battery using the positive cable first. You’re done!

  • If you’ve added electrolyte to your battery, drive the vehicle for 30 minutes to recharge.

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Here at Gumtree, we’re an independent bunch. We do our own laundry, tie our own shoes, and make our own dinner! When we have car trouble, unfortunately, it can be a little harder to problem-solve solo. That’s why we are introducing the Gumtree DIY Car Maintenance Series, to help you stay safe on the road and keep your car running for years to come, with little to no expense. Check back weekly for more car tips and help!

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