If your battery dies or you find yourself in need of a jump-start, contact your local City Garage and we can get your battery replaced. Take note of these Do’s and Dont’s to help your auto battery maintain its peak performance and avoid a low charged battery:

Do’s

  • Always wear proper eye, hand and clothing protection when working with batteries.
  • Check the where the battery cables connect to be sure they are tight and free of corrosion. If corrosion is present, get a qualified technician to clean the terminals.
  • Double check the battery is firmly secured to its mounting bracket. An unsecured can be damaged, shifting around, possibly causing short circuits.
  • Periodically check the fluid level; if it’s low add distilled water to top it off. If no fluid is detected, chances are high it will fail soon and you should look into having it replaced.
  • Keep your battery case clean. Dirt conducts electricity, which can discharge the battery. Clean the battery case with a solution of baking soda dissolved in warm water. Next wet the case and Battery cases can be cleaned with a solution of baking soda dissolved in warm water. Wet the case and stir with a nylon bristle brush. Rinse well with plain water.
  • When replacing a car battery, make sure you choose the right size for your car. Not every battery will fit in any engine.

Dont’s

  • Charging a frozen battery could cause an explosion. If the sides of your battery are bowed out, chances are it’s frozen. It cannot be repaired and should be replaced immediately.
  • Switch to a low-charge setting when charging a battery on your own. If your charger doesn’t have this setting, be sure to have a professional charge it for you.
  • Never try to charge a dead battery with a car’s alternator. It’s not designed to function as a charger and doing so can cause damage to your alternator, thus shortening its life.

Remember to get your free battery check at any DFW City Garage location.