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Charging your Car Battery Guide + Video

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Keeping your battery healthy and happy is crucial if you don't fancy getting stranded somewhere - read on to learn how to charge your car's battery.

Charging your Car Battery

Keeping your car battery healthy and happy is one of those jobs that too many drivers ignore. Just a few moments spent regularly checking your battery can prevent you from being stranded.

Checklist

Tools/materials needed:

Water

Baking Soda

Paper Towels

Wrench

Battery Grease

Car Battery Charger

Step 1 - Disconnect

If possible, remove the battery leads. If not, disconnect the negative (-) cable, first checking that you have your car stereo security codes, plus those for any other in-car equipment affected by power loss.

Step 2 - Attach Charger

Consult the battery charger's instructions to ensure that it's suitable for your car's battery and is set correctly. Fit the battery charger's red clip to the battery's positive (+) terminal and the black clip to the negative (-) terminal.

Step 3 - Switch on Charger

Connect the battery charger to the mains and switch on. A green light or other signal should show. If nothing happens, switch off the battery charger at the mains and check that the leads are correctly attached to the battery.

Step 4 - Disconnect

Once charging is complete, (depending on the model) a second light will show. Disconnect the battery charger from the mains and remove the cables, starting with the black lead. Reinstall and/or reconnect the battery.

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