Battery Basics

If you're like most drivers, you likely don't think about your vehicle battery until your car fails to start. While batteries don't require much maintenance, some simple tips can help prolong their life span and reduce your chances of needing a boost.

Keeping the battery clean and dry
  • Avoid discharge and corrosion by removing dirt that may build up on the battery's surface.
  • Keep batteries clean from oil or grease, as this attracts dirt to the top of the battery.
  • Batteries can be cleaned with bicarbonate baking soda and water. Never remove vent caps while cleaning the battery and always wear safety glasses.

As a CAA Member, if you ever experience problems getting your vehicle to start, you can use our Battery Service which tests the life of your battery and boosts it. Or, if the battery requires replacement, we'll install a new CAA battery with exclusive Member pricing.

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