Battery care and maintenance
WARNING: Batteries produce explosive gases. Keep sparks, flames and cigarettes away from batteries at all times. Protect your eyes at all times. Never lean over battery when jump starting or performing other maintenance.
SELECT THE PROPER SIZE BATTERY
Always select a battery that has enough cranking power and reserve capacity to get the job done. Consider the vehicle manufacturer's recommended capacity to be a minimum capacity guideline.
Along with electrical accessories, temperature also has a dramatic effect on battery performance. Vehicles that are operated in extremely hot or cold climates will need a battery that's rated well above the minimum O.E recommendation. Remember, you can't select a battery with too much power!
Temperature has a dramatic effect on a battery's ability to crank an engine. Not only does cold rob batteries of power, it also stiffens motor oil, making engines harder to start. And heat can damage batteries by causing internal components to wear out quickly while also making engines difficult to start. So do yourself a favour, select the higher capacity, more powerful batteries you'll need to tackle demanding climates.
IN VEHICLE SERVICE TIPS
(Remember see your local battery specialist if you need help or would like them to do this)
Remember... always wear safety glasses when working around batteries!
The first step to routinely servicing a battery is to make a visual inspection. Look for defective cables loose connectors corrosion, cracked cases or covers, loose hold-downs and deformed or loose terminal posts.
Remove and replace a battery at once if there are cracks in cover or case. Place the leaking battery in a plastic bag and take it to a Battery Town for proper recycling.
To remove corrosion and dirt from terminal posts, hold-downs, tray or hold-down parts, scrape or brush it off. Use a corrosion removing spray or immerse the part in a alkaline solution such as baking soda in the proportions of 1/2kg : 4ltrs. The corrosion is neutralized when the solutions stops bubbling. Wash the part with water, dry, replace and apply a prepared corrosion protection spray.
JUMP STARTING YOUR BATTERY SAFELY
Shield eyes and face from batteries at all times! Be sure vent caps are tight and level. Place damp cloth over vent caps on both batteries. Be sure vehicles do not touch. Use a good quality booster cable set. Comproof leads are recommended.