Car Battery Maintenance Tips | Mercedes, TX
Your car’s battery is crucial to a successful startup. If something goes wrong with the battery, you aren’t going anywhere. That’s why it is so important to regularly monitor your battery’s health and replace it when it shows signs of decline beyond repair.
Here are the signs of a dying battery
Knowing the signs of a battery at the end of its life can help you from getting to the point where you wind up stranded, needing a jumpstart just to get to the auto parts store for a new battery. Here are some common signs to watch for:
• Dim headlamps
• A slow crank to your starter motor
• The battery light (like a blinking robot head) on your dashboard — hopefully, you’ll notice other signs before it gets to this point.
Take care of your battery
If you are proactive with vehicle maintenance, you won’t even need to detect these warning signs of a bad battery. Instead, routinely pop the hood to see how everything is looking. While under the hood, check your battery for corrosion build-up. Regularly cleaning your battery should help stop corrosion in its tracks; wipe off dirt and oil residue with a rag. You can also check for loose or cracked connections and repair as necessary.
For your safety, always wear gloves and eye protection when working with your battery. Remove all jewelry, don’t smoke near the battery, and wash your hands well after.
Time for something new?
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