Battery Do’s & Don’ts
What to do and what not to do with your car battery
Good Battery Practice (Do’s)
- Store batteries in a clean and dry area (in order to prevent deterioration).
- Store batteries in a fully charged state. (12V Battery above 12.4V)
- Ensure the correct polarity connection when recharging and fitting
- Follow proper recharging schedules to prevent overcharging. Ensure charging is conducted in a well ventilated area.
- Ensure that the battery is always clean and dry, with the terminals coated with petroleum jelly (Vaseline) or proprietory terminal protectors. Don not use greases which may contain metal additives.
- NB. Practice stock rotation and use a first-in, first-out system at all times.
- Always wear protective clothing when working with batteries.
Bad Battery Practice (Don’ts)
- Do not store batteries in a discharged state.
- Don not test batteries by shortening across terminal posts with wire, spanners, etc.
- Do not allow open flames or sparks near a battery as it could explode (batteries give off flammable gasses).
- Do not use a single spanner to loosen or tighten the terminal lamp as this could damage the post seal. Use a spanner to the nut and a second spanner to the bolt.
- Do not use the starter motor to propel the vehicle parked with the accessories switched on for extended periods.
- Don not lean over a battery when charging or testing.
- Do not put any metal objects on top of a battery.