How to Keep Your Battery Alive

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Keeping a car battery alive is all about keeping it clean from oxidation buildup and avoiding the excessive use of accessories when a car isn't running. Make sure that a car's lights are turned off when the engine isn't running with help from car restoration specialists in this free video on car maintenance.

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Keeping your battery alive is very simple. It could save you a lot of money and keep you out of trouble. Number one, very important, is keeping it clean. Oxidation buildup on here can and will kill your battery. Number two is don't excessively use accessories in your vehicle with the car not running. Don't run the radio for long periods of time or leave the lights on while your engine s off. Those two things can quickly drain a battery and will leave you stranded. Keeping a car's battery clean is very important. A dirty car battery can cause hard starting and possibly leave you stranded on the side of the road. A simple mixture of household baking soda and water works wonders on neutralizing the acid often built up on the battery terminals. Here I have a little baking soda, added water to it in my cup. Not much, you want it to be very pasty. Here I'm pouring the solution onto the battery. Not too much, just enough, you'll see it start bubbling. Here you can see the baking soda neutralizing the acid that's built up on the battery terminal. Now just take your old toothbrush and give it a good scrubbing. You can use this solution to clean the whole rest of your battery. It will degrease it as well. Once you've cleaned the battery simply take a garden hose and rinse it off to get all the residue off. A clean battery is great preventative maintenance.

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