By now, you should know just how important your car battery is, especially if you have been ever stranded due to a battery-related issue in your vehicle. So it is highly probable that you are taking battery maintenance quite seriously, making sure everything is in working condition before driving off in your vehicle. Still, there are times when your battery will just refuse to work. While the first thing that may cross your mind during these times is buying an entirely new battery to replace your old one, chances are that this may not be the best (and the most cost-effective) solution out there.
Some batteries may stop functioning due to small niggles and other similar issues well before they are actually past their best. This can be caused by things like manufacturing defects, improper usage, unfavorable environmental conditions, etc. So try to identify what problem your battery has, and see whether you can actually fix it before ordering replacement parts.
Let’s ask ourselves a question: just how many of us take their time to clean up their car’s engine bay? Almost nobody. Sadly, this is not the proper way to do things. You probably wash your cash from time to time to get it rid of dust and avoid corrosion damage, so there is practically no reason why you shouldn’t do the same with car’s engine bay. A dirty battery, for example, may stop working because some liquid or piece of debris found its way into the terminals, knocking them loose or disrupting the electrical connection. Keep your engine bay (and battery) clean and you won’t have such problems
Replace Damaged Cabling
Most battery cables have some kind of rubber insulation around them to prevent people from accidentally touching live wires and electrocuting themselves. They also provide some kind of protection to the copper wires inside them, reducing oxidation damage. Sometimes, the rubber insulation may get damaged, thus exposing the cables which may be subjected to oxidation. In that case, consider ordering a replacement automotive battery cable and get a mechanic to install them.
Cables aren’t the only things that can get damaged: battery terminals are also at risk of suffering oxidation damage, not to mention corrosion due to acid leakages from the battery itself. Some people fail to notice this on time and will find out that one of both of their terminals may be reduced to little metallic pieces that hardly have their original shape. The only thing to do in that case is to install new battery cable lugs terminals.
There are also different methods of reviving old batteries by removing the battery acid and doing certain things to it. Nevertheless, battery acid is extremely corrosive, so don’t attempt anything without making sure you know how to handle it correctly. If all else fails, replacing your battery may likely be your only solution.