Despite MF (maintenance free) batteries widely available, your vehicle’s battery still requires some attention from time to time. Doing so will ensure your battery operates at it’s best and you get great performance and a long life.
It’s easy and only requires a few steps:
- Ensure your automotive battery is clean, free from grime and debris
- Check all cables, terminals and screws are secure, free from defects such as cracks, rips, tears and breakages
- Your battery terminals should be free from corrosion, to keep them this way a high temp grease can be applied to the terminals/posts
- Check the electrolyte lever
- Ensure battery is seated correctly and secured correctly by the battery bracket
- Lead acid batteries can’t explode – False. The environment of a lead acid battery under charge only needs a spark introduced
- More CCA’s (cold cranking amps) are better – False. Your car’s electrical system is designed for specific battery size, more CCA will only cost you more
- The dashboard instrument panels battery light means the battery needs replacing – False. This light indicates a fault in the charging system. Continued use will result in battery replacement also!
- Discharged or failing battery affects fuel economy – True. As your car battery discharges, your vehicles alternator will attempt to recharge the battery, this extra load affects your vehicle’s fuel economy!