Car Battery Maintenance Tips

Car Battery Maintenance Tips

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:


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.


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.