You don’t have to be a mechanic to know how important it is to have a fully charged and fully functioning car battery.
While a dead battery to most people automatically means needing to buy a new one, dropping all that money in the process, there are many types of car batteries that can actually go further with some proper reconditioning.
I’ll go over some basic points here, however for those who really want to learn how to do this properly, I suggest reading about my recommended reconditioning guide here.
So does car battery reconditioning work, or is this just an occasional thing for a few very special types of batteries?
The answer is it varies, but far more car batteries can actually be reconditioned than most people think.
The Make & Model of the Battery Matters:
While there are a few really advanced batteries that don't allow for home rejuvenation, the truth is that most car batteries can be reconditioned as long as they aren't completely burned out. That being said, the exact technique that needs to be used will vary depending on the type of battery and the vehicle.
Older vehicles, especially those with stick shifts, often use an older model of battery. These can often be reconditioned at least once, if not twice, by checking on water levels, seeing what the balance is in each individual cell of the battery, and making the appropriate adjustments to help restore that balance back to where it should be. Click here for a full guide on car battery reconditioning.
Does Car Battery Reconditioning Work?
Yes, with a but.
There are a few models of batteries that this won't work with. However if you have a lead acid battery, an older model of battery, then you are in good shape.
If you have a different type of battery that doesn't go with a lead acid design, then you may have to look for another option or check further to see if you can use the same tactics to get more mileage out of your batteries.
Do You Need Specialty Tools?
That's one of the beautiful parts of this process.
You don't need ridiculously expensive professional grade tools. Distilled water, a power charger, syringe, and knowledge of how to use these tools is often most of what you need.
Learn The Right Way
You do need to make sure you have the right guide to teach you how to do this.
This doesn't mean you need an in person mentor, but you don't want to rely on an eHow article or Wiki article to supposedly walk you through it.
Get a good program that walks you through the whole thing and you won't be sorry. My friend Tom offers a guide on reconditioning batteries the right way. Click here for more information.