October 1, 2015

Understanding the basics of car batteries isn’t difficult it’s just often something that many women haven’t been told about. The team at Independent Vehicle Services is happy to explain the basics for their female clientele. If you need further information or what like to be shown how to take care of your car’s battery – just come in to the workshop and speak to one of the team.

Types of Car Battery
There are several types of car batteries available – a lead acid battery, starting battery, deep cycle battery or dual purpose battery. To find out what type of battery your car has you can read the owner’s manual or ask your Independent Vehicle Services’ mechanic when you are next in for a service or repair.

Safety First
Before you start fiddling with the car battery, make sure you are wearing protective clothing and gear. Car batteries contain sulphuric acid, which is corrosive and can cause severe burns if it comes into contact with your skin.

Car Battery Maintenance
You can easily clean car batteries at home. Dissolve a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in a litre of water and use this solution to clean the jumpers that connect to the battery. You would have to disconnect the cables using a wrench and then tighten it using the same wrench. Many times, due to a loose connection or dirt in these cables, car batteries don’t start or will give you trouble while starting.

Always check the fluid level in the battery. This fluid should be replenished as required but don’t use anything other than distilled water. In summer, do not over fill the battery, as hot weather will cause the fluid to expand, thereby pushing out the electrolytes from your car battery.

Make sure you use your car regularly or at least start it every day if you do not want the battery to die on you. Car batteries should always be charged 100 percent.