Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What sort of maintenance do I need to perform on the battery?

asked by on

What sort of maintenance do I need to perform on the battery?

Your battery is a critical component – it provides the electric jolt necessary to turn the starter and get your engine running. While it’s designed to last for a long time without much maintenance, there are a few steps you should follow to ensure it lasts as long as possible:

  • Check the condition of your battery monthly.

  • If you see corrosion on the terminal posts, follow these steps:

    • Mix baking soda and water together to form a paste
    • Apply to the battery terminals and cable ends
    • Allow it to bubble up (it’ll turn brown)
    • Wash it away with clean water
    • Apply terminal grease to protect against new corrosion forming

Tip

Wash your hands after working with the battery, as it contains lead.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car died, but restarts immediately

Your 2006 BMW 545i may be losing main power supply to the main fuse power module from the battery. If you lose the connection, it would also cause the loss of radio and clock memory. Check the battery connections and...

Q: Brake pads, discs, and sensors replaced

Hello. Your vehicle has sensors that are installed into certain brake pads which alerts the driver when the brake pads are worn down to a certain point. These sensors need to be replaced whenever the brakes are done. They are...

Q: Rattling Noise from somewhere around engine top when idle, goes away with little acceleration

This is difficult to pinpoint without having the vehicle inspected. Given that the sound goes away upon acceleration, it sounds like it may be something that is loose since the vibration from higher RPM's makes it go away, however I...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...