With the rainy season just on the cards, each of us would be particular to keep our vehicles in proper shape and form. And what is more important than the batteries that actually spur your car on? A proper planned maintenance of your batteries can really save you a lot of inconveniences. So join us in learning about some common question and some car battery health tips to keep your batteries up and running!
The commonest of queries in a driver’s head during rains is this- Can I jump start my car during rains? And this is what we have to say about that:
Though jump starting your car in the rain would not be dangerous, jump starting a visibly frozen battery might lead to a potential explosion. Therefore, to ensure that the battery is not frozen, first remove the caps to inspect if there is any ice in the cells as jump starting a cracked or a leaking battery may also cause an explosion. Also, it is very dangerous to attach jumper cables to non-applicable or incompatible vehicles. Remember that connecting vehicles with a set of 6-volt and 12-volt batteries together may cause damage to your electrical systems.
As long as you ensure that the cables are properly insulated, there is no immediate danger, but exposing your battery to rain or any other forms of moisture could cause corrosion and will reduce the life of your battery. If you observe any bluish-white substance accumulating around the terminals of the battery following exposure to any moisture, it is very important to clean them thoroughly in order to avoid faulty connections.
5 QUICK STEPS TO JUMP START AND LIVEN UP YOUR BATTERY CHARGE:
- Attach the red jumper cables to the positive sides of your compatible batteries
- Attach one of the black cables to the negative terminal of your good battery and the other of the black cables to some unpainted metal in your car with the potentially dead battery
- Connect all the cables before starting your car with the good battery
- When jump starting all cars or doing any other work involving car batteries, it is very important to wear proper gloves and safety goggles in order to avoid injury from any possible explosions or any battery acid burns
- Remember, when batteries are frozen, cracked or even leaking, they must not be jump started but must be replaced. As much as possible, avoid touching any charge sensitive areas of the battery as that may be severely painful due to the moisture of the rains. Otherwise, you could use these steps to jump start perfectly!
The next question that we keep reiterating is how do I change my car battery should the rains force me to?
It’s a clear process, even in rains except that you may want to finish this part in your comfy dry garage, rather than on wet roads with a downpour! To change your car battery, you just have to loosen the nuts that secure the cables that go to the terminals, and then lift your battery out of your car to exchange it for a brand new one. Remember to wear gloves and safety glasses to protect from acid leaks.
Having learnt this, we also want to show you how to properly clean the batteries and its operating areas. During the rainy season, it may be an irony to notice that the downpour does the exterior washing part for you. But you are not so lucky with the interior parts that actually run the show. This you must do on your own, without the help of any rains, so as to not let any dust accumulate particularly in the batteries to ensure its smooth functioning:
15 STEPS TO CLEANING YOUR BATTERY:
 First, you have to mix a cleaning solution as a combination that is one part baking soda and other part water
 Then, use a hammer to hit on the terminal posts and cables to take off some of the sulphate deposits
 Thereafter, you must dip a paintbrush in the prepared cleaning solution, and brush it on the respective terminals to remove the rest of the remaining deposits
 Now, use a rag to wipe the terminals neat and clean
 Having done that, you can use some duct tape to seal any visible cracks in the battery where you see that acid might leak
 Now, use a wrench to loosen the particular nut that secures the terminal cable to the negative post, and firmly hold the head in place with a pair of pliers
 Then, disconnect the clamp once the nut is loose in order to remove the cable
 Thereafter, repeat the procedure to remove the positive terminal cable
 After removal, loosen the nut that secures the plate over your battery
 Now, grab hold of the handle or the sides of the battery and lift the battery out of the car and place onto the ground
 Use the paintbrush to remove any stray sulphate deposits from the cable clamps and your battery compartment
 Spray the ends of the terminal cables with adequate corrosion protection
 You can now place the brand new looking battery in your battery compartment and secure it firmly
 After this, clean the terminal posts and spray them with adequate corrosion protection, as done before
 Finally, connect the positive cable to the negative cable and then firmly secure the nuts. There and you are done with a full battery safety procedure!
Post this useful guide on how to clean your batteries, we have some very simple tips for you to follow for keeping your batteries safe from any harm so that the monsoon doesn’t catch them off guard! Here you go:
6 SIMPLE TIPS TO KEEP YOUR BATTERY SAFE:
 SECURE YOUR BATTERY
If your battery keeps jiggling around, it could tip over easily. A loose battery banging against other parts of your engine is bad. Any battery acid spilling all over your motor would also be bad so keep the battery tray clean and make sure your battery sits correctly in place
 PARK IN AN INSULATED GARAGE
A thoroughly insulated garage would keep your battery warm in even the winter and monsoon. So, try and skip all heated garages. They will definitely rust your car
 CLEAN YOUR BATTERY
Using our guide above, remove all the clamps and clean away any grease, dirt and oxidation to protect from any accumulation. Remember that a filthy battery connection will mostly weaken the charge
 INSULATE YOUR CAR BATTERY
 USE DISTILLED WATER
If you’re going to be stretching the life of your conventional battery, you will have to add some distilled water to it, to compensate the same
 RECHARGE YOUR BATTERY WITH SOLAR
This is the age of the solar! You can easily purchase an inexpensive solar charger for your car battery. This charger would refill your battery’s charge with renewed solar energy. You could combine this device with a display monitor so you don’t end up overcharging your battery.
We sure hope this whole guide helps you in the best of ways to ensure you can get your batteries up and running in shape for your monsoon rides and otherwise too!
We wish you happy, safe riding! Remember to drive slow and cautiously on very rainy days and watch extra carefully for signals and crossings! With properly maintained batteries, you can safely drive around anywhere this happy week, which we wish for you! Good day!