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Taking Care Of Your Car's Battery

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When you put a new battery in your car, like Trojan batteries, you may feel as if there is no routine maintenance that's going to be needed. However, the truth is if you don't do any maintenance to your car's battery, then you may find yourself needing to replace it before you would if you had taken some precautions and actually done some routine maintenance. Here are a few tips to taking proper care of your car's battery:

Check the water in the cells of the battery – If you live in a cooler region, then you may be able to skip this step. However, if you live in a hot area where you can often reach triple-digit weather, then you should put checking the car battery's cells on your list of routine car maintenance. To check the cells, you can take a flat-head screwdriver and pop off the covers for the cells. Look down in them and make sure there is still quite a bit of water in them. The water should come up not too far from the top of the cell. If the water is low, then you should replace the missing water with distilled water. Put the covers back on and make sure you carefully bang them down so they are on all the way.

Protect your battery from freezing – If you live in an area where you don't have to deal with freezing temperatures, then you won't have to worry about this part. However, if the temperature where you live can dip below freezing, then you should take steps to protect the battery. One thing you can do is to bring your car inside of a heated garage when it isn't being driven. However, if you don't have a heated garage to keep your car in, then you can use a thermal battery wrap to prevent the battery from freezing and cracking.

Don't leave the car parked for too long – If your car sits for a very long time without getting started and allowed to run for a few minutes, then the battery can die. If it sits dead for too long, then you may not be able to recharge it. This is why you want to make sure you go out to your car and run it for a few minutes a couple of times a week, even if you don't plan on driving it anywhere.