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The proper and safe handling of automobile batteries

Using a battery that is low on electrolyte may not only make it hard for the engine to start, but also it may cause internal parts to degrade and give off sparks that ignite gas inside the battery or explode. The life span of an automobile battery (for use in a household passenger vehicle) is about 2 to 3 years. Regular inspections of battery electrolyte levels and earlier replacement of the battery are recommended.

2) Do not forget to inspect the terminals

Loose terminal connections on automobile batteries may also create problems. When inspecting the terminals, use gloves to avoid electric shock and check that the terminal connections are not loose. If loose, use a wrench or other tool to tighten them.

3) Recharge the battery with the designated charger

When recharging an automobile battery with a battery charger, make sure that the positive and negative terminals are properly connected, and use the specified battery charger in the proper manner. Using a battery charger other than specified may result in leakage or explosion.

Flush with clean water to remove battery electrolyte that comes into contact with skin or clothing. If battery electrolyte gets into the eye, flush immediately with clean water and consult a doctor immediately.

5) Do not disassemble or modify batteries

Disassembling an automobile battery is dangerous and may create a short-circuiting, resulting in overheating, or the content may cause chemical burns. In addition, modifying the battery may damage the battery function and result in explosion.

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