Isuzu Ascender Maintenance 101: How to Maintain Your Car’s Battery
If you need great engine performance combined with durability at the lowest possible price point, then the Isuzu Ascender is perfect. It generally matches up with lower end midsize sport-utility segment with the Isuzu branding of stylish toughness. But, if you want the best out of this Isuzu, you'd do well to always be mindful of each and every component in its engine bay. Your car's battery is one part of your car that you need to pay attention to. A good battery connection is key to keeping your car running smoothly and efficiently. So, here are some tips on how to properly maintain your car's battery:
- Park your car in a garage.
If you live in an area where extreme weather condition is constant, you will need to store your vehicle in a garage. It is important, especially during the winter. But most importantly, a thoroughly insulated garage will help keep your car's battery warm during the cold days. Forget about heated garages as they will rust your car. If you can't afford to have an insulated garage, you can insulate just the battery.
Remove the clamps and clean the battery connection. Clear away the grease, oxidation, and dirt that may buildup on the connection of the battery over time. If you don't do this regularly, the connection will have a weak charge and you will experience intermittent performance. When cleaning the battery, make sure to remove all the terminals; remove the negative cable first. You can use a flathead screwdriver to pry stuck cables.
Clean the posts in the battery using only recommended cleaning agents. You may use DIY solutions you found on the internet, but be wary as some of these can do more harm than help if not used or done properly. Using a wire brush will also make it easy to remove any buildups. And you can rinse the battery with water and dry all the posts with rags. Replace the terminals only when everything's been completely dried off.
- Always keep the battery charged.
Check and make sure that the battery is always fully charged. It should have a specific gravity of at least 1.265. If the battery is discharged, use a battery charger until the open-circuit voltage is 12.6 volts. Do not go the quick-charge way as the high current from this method can warp the plates on the battery. If you want a cheaper option, you can charge your Isuzu Ascender's battery by using a solar charger. There are inexpensive solar chargers that you can buy and use for a long time. It's a good investment. Just make sure to monitor the charging so as not to overcharge the battery.
- Keep your battery secured.
Make sure that your car's battery is properly installed and secured. You don't want it to be jiggling around in the engine bay while you are driving. The battery could tip over and can wreak havoc to the engine's performance. Besides, battery acid could spill all over the other engine components and could cause damage. Jiggling can also cause the battery bashing to loosen. Always make sure that the battery sits correctly where it should all the time.