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Battery Maintenance Tips
Driving habits and conditions, climate, the number of starts, etc. all affect the service life and function of the battery. In order for your battery to perform satisfactorily, keep the following in mind:

  • Check the fluid level in the battery every Six months or every 10,000 miles (16,000 km). The fluid level in each battery cell should be checked. Use a screwdriver to open the caps and a flashlight to inspect the level.

  • If necessary, add distilled water to approximately 0.4 in. (10mm) above the plates in the cell, or to the level indicator. See illustrations.

  • Check to ensure that the battery cables are correctly connected and properly tightened.

  • Never disconnect the battery when the engine is running. For example when changing the battery.

  • The battery should be disconnected when a boost charger is used.

  • Switch off the radio before disconnecting the battery. If your radio has an antitheft code and the battery is disconnected, the radio code has to be reentered in order for the radio to function.
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