1. A battery can fail at any time without warning. And when it does, it's usually at the worst possible time. The following are some great maintenance tips for your battery what will save you a few headaches down the road.
2. Check the tightness of the battery terminal to your vehicle. If your battery is mounted loosely, it may be damaged by excessive vibration. Remember, if your batter is either too tight or too loose, damage is likely going to be the result.
3. Battery fluid level is important, and you should set up a routine inspection for checking it. If your battery is self-servicing, open the top and add distilled water until the levels are correct in each cell.
4. Be aware, low fluid level in your battery places a higher load on it. Unchecked, the life of the battery will be shortened, or worse, it may explode.
5. Corrosion will corrode the terminals if you fail to clean them on a periodic basis. Washing them with baking soda and water will remove the acid buildup. Just be sure to secure the battery cables tight enough to get a solid connection between the cable and posts.
6. A good rule of thumb is to charge your battery only when it needs it. If you're charging your battering in the garage on concrete, make sure you place a piece of wood under it, and room temperature is recommended. Remember, connection with the pavement will drain your batter in a very short period of time.
7. Finally, a new battery should be charged before use. This will bring the battery up to maximum capacity.