No one in Baltimore wants to end up stuck on the side of the road with a malfunctioning vehicle – it can put a damper on your day and cause all kinds of problems. Unfortunately, not too many motorists pay close attention to their vehicle’s battery, which is a common cause of vehicles ending up stranded or not being able to start in the first place. Auto Stop, your Baltimore auto repair shop, can service your battery and help you keep it in great shape so you aren’t left stranded on the roads this summer. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your battery.
Look for Signs of Trouble
Battery trouble is usually fairly easy to spot if you know what you’re looking for. The dead giveaway is an engine that’s having trouble turning over when you start it. Your vehicle may also have a battery warning light on your dashboard that will alert you to any problems as well. You may also notice the lights on your dashboard are flickering or dimming.
Pop the hood and get a good look at your battery. If you see a swollen casing or any corrosion on the terminals, it might be a good idea to look into replacing it.
Jump-Starting the Right Way
If you accidentally left your lights or radio on overnight and wake up to a dead battery, your vehicle will need a jump from another vehicle to get it operational. But make sure that you’re jumping it correctly! Here’s how to do it.
- Park the two vehicles as closely as possible next to each other.
- Attach the red cable to the positive terminal on the functional battery, then do so on the dead battery. Attach the black cable to the negative terminal in the same manner.
- Start the engine of the functioning vehicle.
- After a couple of minutes, start the vehicle with the dead battery.
- Allow both vehicles to run for about 5 minutes to charge up the dead battery.
- Remove the cables in reverse order as you attached them.
Generally, auto maintenance teams will conduct safety checks of your battery during your regularly scheduled oil change. They will check the terminals for corrosion and clean them as needed. Also, if you are going away for an extended period of time and won’t be using your vehicle, it may be a good idea to invest in a charger so you can be prepared if you need to charge the battery when you return.
Battery and Electrical System Maintenance from Auto Stop Limited
Auto Stop Limited Inc., a locally-owned Baltimore auto repair shop, is happy to service your vehicle and make sure all of your maintenance needs are properly addressed and resolved. Contact Auto Stop Limited Inc. online or give us a call at (410) 467-7600 to get your questions answered today. To get more vehicle maintenance tips, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and LinkedIn.