A dead battery in your car or truck can really make a day frustrating, especially if you are caught in the worst possible situation when it dies on you.
While replacing a battery can be expensive, the good news is that for many vehicles you can rejuvenate the car battery and get years of extra life out of the same battery, instead of having to drop several hundred dollars on getting it completely replaced.
If you haven’t heard about rejuvenating a car battery, now is the time to take a look at it.
You never know: if you have the right batteries you might end up saving yourself hundreds of dollars by being able to get a second or third run out of that battery after its initial issues.
Below I will outline some basic steps, however if you want a real guide on battery reconditioning, check out the information from my friend Tom Ericson here.
Step 1: Make Sure Your Battery Can Be Rejuvenated
Not every automobile battery can be rejuvenated. Generally speaking you will need a lead acid battery to be able to coax some additional uses out. Older model batteries are especially good, but if you find you have lead acid battery that isn't designed specifically to prevent re-charging (some newer brands do that) then you are in good shape.
Step 2: Get The Right Tools
The good news with this step is that generally speaking you don't need anything too advanced or complicated - nothing professional grade. However you want to make sure to have the proper safety gear like rubber gloves and safety goggles before you even start doing anything else.
Just a few of the other items you need include distilled water, a syringe, a flashlight, a screwdriver, and a multimeter. If you have these then you're already well on your way to having everything you need to help rejuvenate that battery. Find a full list of what you need here.
Step 3: Measure The Charge
This should go without saying. If you can't measure the charge to see where the battery is at and if the changes are working, you're not going to get too far.
Step 4: Properly Clean All Connection Points
This is a simple step that often is enough to improve performance in and of itself. Getting a clean connection means the area needs to be clean, otherwise there's all kinds of stuff that can get in the way.
Why Should Your Look at Rejuvenation?
The answer to this is simple: if you can rejuvenate your car battery you can get another 2, 3, or maybe even 4 years out of it instead of having to spend hundreds of dollars on getting a new one installed and that is always a good deal.