Car batteries can go years without giving you any trouble. But when they do start acting up, they can really be a pain in your backside and leave you stranded in inconvenient places. Here are a few simple tips to keep your battery clean and running mean for as long as possible.
- Start with a general cleaning of your battery. Clean the outside of your battery with a damp rag, feel free to use a mild detergent if you need more cleaning power.
- Clean the battery posts or terminals. First remove the battery cables (remove the black negative cable first, then the red positive cable). Next, use a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub away the corrosion with a battery brush or an old tooth brush.
- Check the battery for damage. If you see any cracks or bulges, it might be time to replace the battery.
- Reconnect the cables (positive cable first). You can also coat the terminals with a thin layer of grease to help prevent corrosion.