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Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tire Under Inflation Information

Proper tire maintenance is an important safety function often neglected.  The importance of properly maintaining your tires cannot be overemphasized.  Remember, tires are the only contact between your vehicle and the road. Under inflation is the leading cause of tire failure. Using the interactive tire pressure demo you can easily see how a tire can…
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How to Clean Your Battery Terminals

If your car battery is corroded, not enough electricity can be passed to the terminals and through the cables to power your car's electrical system for optimum performance. You can clean away corrosion with a few simple steps.

Step 1: Rinse and scrub the terminals
Rinse the battery terminals with a solution of one heaping tablespoon baking soda to 1 pint water, and then thoroughly scrub the terminals and around the base of the posts with an old toothbrush.

Step 2: Dry the battery
Dry the battery and terminals with a clean towel, making sure to wipe away residue and corrosion around the terminals.

Step 3: Remove battery terminals
Loosen the nut on each cable clamp and remove the terminals from the posts by twisting and pulling them off.

Tip
Remove the terminal from the negative post, marked with a minus sign, first. Then remove the terminal from the positive post, marked with a plus sign.

Step 4: Inspect the cables and clamps
Inspect the cables for excessive wear and corrosion, and inspect the battery and terminals for damage. If there is excessive damage, replace the parts or the battery to avoid future problems.

Step 5: Clean the terminals
Insert the end of the battery brush into the terminals and rotate it back and forth until the inside of each terminal is uniformly shiny and all of the grease, dirt, and corrosion is scrubbed away.

Tip
Since battery brushes are conical and terminals are different sizes, you may have to flip the terminal over to effectively clean the other side.

Step 6: Clean the posts
Push the open end of the battery brush over each post and rotate it back and forth for about a minute, or until the posts are uniformly shiny and all of the grease, dirt, and corrosion is brushed away.

Step 7: Clean the battery
Pour more of the baking soda and water solution over the top of the battery, wipe it down with a clean rag, and then dry it off with the towel. Then reattach the terminals to the posts, starting with the positive cable.

Step 8: Perform regular maintenance
Perform regular battery maintenance, checking for corrosion several times a year, to ensure your electrical system stays in good working order and you don't get stranded.

Did You Know?
A car battery contains 18 pounds of lead and one pound of sulfuric acid.

(Courtesy of Howcast.com)

How to Change A Tire—Alone

Changing a tire on a highway is not for the faint of heart. It's best to at least practice on a flat surface when you're not under pressure. Here's a helpful video that gives some excellent tips. When in doubt, call a tow or join AAA.