We’ve all had it happen to us. Trying to start up a car that just can’t seem to get going. Stuck in place, unable to go anywhere until the battery is fixed.
A dead car battery is a problem we all have to deal with sooner or later, no matter if it’s due to incredibly cold weather, or simply something faulty with the battery itself.
That’s why it’s a good idea to know how to restore that battery when in a pinch.
Get a Jump Start
Getting an emergency jump start is perhaps the easiest and fastest way to get an extra jolt of energy out of your dead car battery. You can do this with a pair of jumper cables and a second vehicle.
You’ll want to turn off both vehicles and attach one of the red clamps to the positive receptor of the dead battery in your car, then attack the remaining red clamp to the other car’s positive end.
Then attach one of the black clamps to the other car’s negative end, while the remaining black clamp gets attached to any metal section of your car. Start up the second car, then let the power run for a few minutes.
Remove the clamps and you should then be able to start up your car.
Keeping jumper cables handy in your car at all times will ensure that you’ll have the ability to give your battery enough juice to get to your local auto repair shop or to drive around town to charge it up more.
Add Epsom Salt
Sometimes, friendly vehicles won’t be nearby to lend a hand. That’s when we’ll need to look to less traditional methods to get that extra kick to our battery.
Epsom salt is an easily found chemical that can trigger a reaction within the battery to give you a charge. Mix together 1 part Epsom salt to 3 parts water and then add the mixture to each cell within the battery until the plates are covered by at least 1/4 inches.
Wait a moment for the reaction to take place, then try to start up your car again.
Most of us have some aspirin available to us in our car as an emergency pain pill. Well, pain isn’t the only thing it can help. If you have no other alternatives to turn to when dealing with a dead car battery, then perhaps aspirin can help.
By crushing up about 12 pills and adding it to water, you’ll be able to add it to the cells of the battery, equally covering the plates with the mixture. Wait a few minutes, then try starting up your car.
Regular Charging is the Best Dead Car Battery Prevention
When it comes down to it, even with these tricks on hand, your battery will never have the same power it once did. Soon, you’ll need to replace it completely. That’s why it’s sometimes better to maintain your battery as best you can.
To keep up maintenance of your battery, regularly check that the charging system within your vehicle is properly functioning. You should also recharge the battery when left idle for long periods of time by either getting an external charger or just by driving around town for at least 30 minutes.
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