Car Battery Services and Repair in Ossining, NY
The battery should technically be checked each time the oil is checked, and technically that should be every time you fill-up the vehicle with gas, although most people do not follow that guideline. If not every time you fill-up with gas then the next best recommendation is to check it on a monthly basis. A visual inspection of the terminals and cables is adequate for this inspection. A more detailed inspection can be performed with each oil change.
If there is corrosion on the battery terminals or cables, or if the vehicle is manifesting certain symptoms then it may be time for battery replacement. If you need to clean the corrosion off to get the vehicle started and re-establish the contact between the terminals and cables, then you can use a mixture of baking powder and water OR battery terminal cleaner to temporarily clean off the corrosion. You'll observe a fun bubbly reaction as you're poor the solution over the corrosion. A small wire brush can also be used to scrape off some of the corrosion. However, the corrosion will build up again if the battery is not replaced.
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