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Maintenance Tips For Car Batteries

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When we talk about car maintenance, the most common things that come to mind are oil changes or other fluid changes. Many people, including you, might forget about your car battery. It’s true that the car battery has a lifespan of about 4-6 years, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about them.

You need to monitor and maintain your car batteries regularly too. Here are ways on how to do that:

Replace Your Battery

While it depends on the battery quality and conditions, car batteries typically have a lifespan of about 4-6 years. That means that you should also replace your car battery about every 4 years. When you replace your car battery regularly, you also make sure that your car runs properly. Don’t wait for your car battery to die before you replace them. It can be very inconvenient for you if your car fails to start just because your battery is already due for a replacement.

Keep It Clean

Another way to maintain your car battery is to make sure that it is clean, especially the terminals. Make sure they are not corroded. Look for any buildup due to rust or dirt. When you find them, use a wire brush to remove them. You can also use an anti-corrosion paste for the corroded areas. Due to the acidity of the paste, the rust attachment will be loosened and you may now remove it easily with a damp cloth or a scrub.

This should be done regularly at least every 3 weeks. Any build-up of dirt and rust on the terminals or connectors can disrupt the flow of power. That will also cause the lifespan of your battery to decrease. 

Avoid Always Going On Short Trips

Whenever you start your car, you use up your battery. It will only be recharged if you continue with your journey. The problem with very short trips is that the battery may not be recharged enough due to the short distance. If this is done everyday, the voltage will eventually go down until your car won’t be able to start anymore. 

Secure It In Place

The life of your car battery can be affected by vibrations. To make sure that your car battery is tightly fastened and secured in place, use a battery clamp. This will help lessen excessive vibration. However, also make sure that your battery clamp is not overly tight. 

Switch Off Accessories When Engine Isn’t On

It is best to keep your car battery close to 100% charged. Accessories that are turned on or are connected to the car will use up the power of the battery when the engine is off. That is why you should make sure that you switch them off. Make sure your lights are off before you leave your vehicle or else you’ll end up with a dead car battery in the morning. 

Avoid Too Much Heat Exposure

Most people believe that the winter months can be harsh on the batteries. That may be true because they’d have to work harder to start the engine. However, too much heat exposure may be a much worse scenario. 

Due to heat exposure, water evaporates at a much faster rate. The effect of the heat exposure may not be that obvious in the summer months. However, when winter months come, the battery becomes weaker as it tries hard to start the engine even if the water level inside is not ideal. 

The next time you park your car, find somewhere that is shaded. This doesn’t only help with your battery but it also helps make your exterior paint last longer. You can also find other ways to insulate your car battery. 

Regular Voltage Checks

When a lead-acid battery is left fully discharged or partially discharged, it’s lifespan will dramatically decrease. That is the reason why regular voltage checking should be done. This should be done monthly. The ideal voltage should be at 12.7 volts or above. 

When the voltage falls below 12.5 volts, it would be best to recharge it as soon as you can. Don’t get too complacent because of the decimal point difference. Remember that a dead battery is at 12 volts and a half charged one is at 12.4 volts. 

Use Your Car Regularly

If you think that the best way to protect your car battery is not to use the car at all, then you’re wrong. Unused car batteries will still lose their charge over time. This self-discharge is what happens to vehicles kept in storage for a long time. 

When you don’t use your car, it is also doesn’t recharge. Slowly, it will all be used up, especially if there are parasitic loads like the clock function. If you can’t use the car for a long time, use a trickle charger to help keep the battery in optimal condition.

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Car Maintenance You Can DIY

Car Diy Repairs

Due to challenging times, I can’t blame you for finding ways on how to save on your car repairs. Although I still highly suggest having your car checked, maintained, and repaired by a professional, there can be some simple car repairs you can do on your own. You also have to use your senses to detect car problems early on.

As for the other more complicated repairs leave most of the work on the hands of professionals. They are well-trained, experienced and some don’t really charge that much. You can always ask for a quote if you are unsure about their price. 

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Important Things To Know When Training As A Mechanic

Mechanic's Training

Car mechanics play a vital role as to how long a car runs efficiently and effectively. Of course, car owners should take care of their vehicles regularly by bringing them to their trusted mechanics. From there, mechanics should be able to diagnose any problem, provide solutions, and give suggestions on what should be done. 

Today, car mechanics have a lot in their hands as the cars produced today have evolved significantly. These modern machines are composed of modern technology plus the basic car technologies of the past. The challenge for today’s mechanics is to learn to adapt and develop their skills as the car industry also continues to evolve. 

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Our Favorite Affordable Efficient Cars

Car Reviews

While a car’s gas per mileage is one of those criteria that people look into before they buy their vehicle, it has been an especially important in this era of green thinking, not to mention those who tend to drive for long distances on a regular basis.

While the prices of gas aren’t skyrocketing at present, its price could still rapidly increase due to different factors. With a car that efficiently uses fuel, you are better prepared. Here are the top cars to buy when it comes to mpg.

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truck maintenance

Maintaining Your Truck Fleet

Trucks

Trucks are cars, just like burritos aren’t tacos. And although they’ve got engines, tires, axles, and steering wheels, they’re often used in totally different applications.

With that in mind, it makes sense to have a PM schedule that is customized to the need of your particular business application. This does not only positively affect the trucking company but it also helps make sure that the truck is safe to travel with. Truck safety is something that doesn’t only affect the drivers or the shipments but everyone else on the road. Here are the main things that should be done to maintain any of your trucks:

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Why You Should Follow Your Car Maintenance Schedule

Maintenance Schedules

Taking care of your car is your responsibility. If you do it, then you’d also be taking care of yourself by lowering the risk of meeting an accident due to faulty vehicles. Taking care of your car means properly maintaining it.

Although you know the basic car care, taking it to the auto shops for maintenance checks should still be done. Following your maintenance schedule will help figure out the problem as early as possible. 

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Take The Leap To Be A Mechanic

Mechanic's Training

Many car lovers have a dream of having a career as a mechanic. This is because they get to do what they love and earn some cash out of it. Another perk of being a mechanic and a car lover is getting the chance to work on some of your most favorite vehicles.

Through automotive schools, car lovers can combine their passion for cars and mechanical training so that they can build a career that they will surely love. Getting a stable job as a mechanic is only one of the benefits that training and studying produces. However, there are still other benefits to being a mechanic.

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Outsmart Those Car Repair Scammer With These Tips

Car Scams

Car repairs often bring headaches to car owners. Not only does it mean that their beloved car has a problem, but it also means that they have to spend valuable time and money to get it repaired. While no one likes to pay the unplanned costs of repair a vehicle, the cost can skyrocket if the car mechanic scams them.

As old crusty Michigan repair shop owner and traveling mechanics, I’ve seen just about every scam you could think of, and then some. So today I wanted to share some sage advice on way in which you can outsmart those damned Car Repair Scammers.

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maintenance tips for car's exterior

Start Protecting Your Car Paint Today! Here’s How…

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Car maintenance doesn’t just involve maintaining what’s under the hood. It also involves maintaining the interior and exterior side of your vehicle.

And hey, let’s be honest: everyone likes driving around in shiny new-looking car or truck.

So while we’re always talking about under the hood maintenance so for today’s post we’re going to change it up a bit to we’ll focus more on the exterior part of your car, specifically the car’s paint.

Here are some tips on how to properly maintain your car’s exterior paint…

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