Amidst the current situation, as we take care of ourselves, our homes, our belongings, and that too without any help, it’s important for us to also care for our cars, as we all know that’s the first thing we would love to hop on, right after this pandemic is done with!
Batteries have a natural self-discharge or internal chemical leakage, and today’s cars draw a tiny amount of power from the battery when not in use to keep all the electrical systems ‘alive’. Over time, the battery will become fully discharged if not driven.
So what are a few steps you can do to avoid this situation and also how to tackle this affair if it comes to it
When we talk about how to avoid this situation we need to do the groundwork on what our car needs individually, as we know different cars work in different ways, hence to start we need to establish few things,
- How long can the car sit without being driven
- Amount of gadgets are present in one’s car that can possibly drain the battery
- The climate where the car is situated (heat speeds the process of drainage)
It’s also important to know that even if you make short commutes to the store it never really recharges the battery, and even if the car is left to idle it only backs up a few amps. So realistically, every time you try to idle the car you are lowering the life of the battery gradually.
Hence primarily there are two ways we can go about the situation
Firstly we can disconnect the battery, but the con to this action is that you cannot make spontaneous trips down to the store. So unless you are sure the car will be stashed in for a couple of months it is the right way to go.
Secondly, we can use unlike a traditional charger but a smart charger, which cuts off the power itself when fully charged, which does not overcharge the vehicle and thus does not damage it further.
This would be the most effective if done thrice a month but obviously the needs of every second car depend on the factors listed above.
How to do Car Battery Reconditioning
Now let’s talk about if we have come to the affair of the battery actually dying on you, and it’s up to you to recondition it.
Well, it’s best if you do not ponder because below are a few steps you can take to recondition your battery all by yourself at home! Alternatively, you can also check ez battery reconditioning if you want to save your time.
Moreover, reconditioning your battery has a lot of benefits
- Increase the existing battery life
- It saves us money
- Helps in reducing the pollutants in the environment
So let’s gear up and know how to take care of batteries with utmost precaution!
Starting it off with all the possible equipment you will be needing,
- Disposable rubber gloves
- Flathead screwdriver
- Battery charger
- Distilled water (3 liters)
- Baking soda (powder)
- Battery terminal cleaner
Step 1- It’s of utmost importance to always be on the safe side, hence it’s important to wear your protective gear, and also make a baking soda and water solution to avoid any sudden spills
Step 2- Will be in regards to removing corrosion in the battery terminal hence making a solution (paste-like) of baking soda and water of a ration of 2:1 and then using a toothbrush removing all the corrosion from the terminal
Step 3- When you are done removing the corrosion, you measure the volt reading of the battery using a voltmeter. If the voltage reading is 12.6V and higher, then your battery is still in good condition. Meanwhile, if it is between 10V to 12.6V, then your battery needs reconditioning.
Step 4- Grab your flat head screwdriver and remove the battery caps. Then, slowly lift your battery and pour out the old electrolyte solution in the bucket. Do not throw the old battery acid solution. Neutralize it by pouring 500 grams of baking soda powder into the bucket.
Step 5- Prepare a baking soda and water solution with a ratio of 2:1 or 1:1. Mix well and fill each battery cell with the baking soda solution. After filling up all cells, lock it back with the caps then shake it gently. Let the shaking last for about 30 seconds to a minute. After, unlock the caps and pour out the solution into the same bucket used in the previous step.
Step 6- Next, replace the old battery electrolyte solution with Epsom salt solution with one molar concentration or by dissolving 120 grams in one liter of distilled water. Mix well until no solids are left undissolved. Then refill each cell and then cover with its cap.
Step 7- The next step is to recharge the reconditioned battery at 12V / 2 amps slow charging mode. The charging usually lasts around 24 to 36 hours. After charging, read the voltage of the battery using a voltmeter. If the reading is around 12.42V to 12.6V, then your battery is in excellent condition already.
Step 8- The last step is to subject your reconditioned car battery for a load test. This can be performed using a battery load tester which can be bought from any hardware store. For it to pass the load test, it must successfully maintain 9.6V for 15 seconds at half the CCA rating.
If the result of the load test is not right, then it has to drain off with charge and recharge again for 24 to 36 hours. Let it undergo the load test again.
Well, that’s it guys, that’s how you can take care of your car, happy driving!