Your battery is what starts your car and keeps it running through the electricity it stores. When properly maintained your battery could last you up to four years.
Some batteries have a fill cap and you need to keep an eye on the water level and some do not. If you battery has fill caps you need to check the water level every two to three months. Refill if necessary with distilled water using a funnel. Fill until the water reaches the bottom of the hole. Use safety when filling the battery with water that the acid/water in the battery does not come in contact with your skin or eyes.
Do not overfill... If too much water is added, when you start your car the water level rises, with too much water already in the battery this will cause an overflow and lose valuable acid that is inside the battery. The acid will cause corrosion with metal.
While you are checking the water levels, also check how clean your battery terminals are. The battery terminals (where the battery cables are connected) are essential to giving power and when corroded the power currents are blocked form the battery cables. If they show signs of corrosion, remove the cables and clean with a wire brush, take a rag and wipe down the terminals and casing then replace the cables. This technique may come in handy if you have a dead battery and also check that the cables are not loose but secure on the terminals.
Your battery needs to be tested every 3000 miles or 3 months. This is also typical of an oil change in most vehicles. Put it on your list to have the oil changed and the battery tested for cell voltage a the same time. A mechanic can run this test in just minutes. A fully charged battery is at 12.5 to 12.6 volts. You can also have the voltage checked in most auto parts stores.
Dead batteries do happen and you should be prepared with a set of jumper cables kept in your vehicle at all times.
Check out the video below on how to properly use these cables to jump start your battery.
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