A Guide To Checking Your Car Battery Water
If you want your car to go running smoothly, then there are a few things you need to regularly monitor aside from your fuel and engine. Most owners
are a little negligent about the car battery water, which must be inspected every once in a while. While new batteries may not need watering, old ones
do; and even if you have the newest cell in your vehicle, you still should check how much water it contains. That is part of monitoring the state of your
The frequency of usage and recharging affects the water content of your battery. The more times you recharge, the more often you should check the
water level because during the charging process, when electric current passes through the lead plates, water undergoes a decomposition reaction
during which it separates into its two gaseous components namely hydrogen and oxygen. Thus, water is lost during this process. Note that this is
also one reason you must avoid smoking when checking your batteries because hydrogen is highly combustible and oxygen would cause further
ignition; needless to say, both gases are explosive.
You would also notice that evaporation may cause loss of water in some old batteries. Hence, you should check them more often during hot days and
especially if you live in places with warm climate.
The danger when the vehicle water runs too low is that too much heat may be generated by the battery and at the same time the lead plates could be
damaged. This deterioration of the lead plates causes inefficiency during the charging process during which lack of water may also cause irreversible
destruction to the plates. In other words, the life span of the battery is dramatically reduced. This could just be extra expenditure for you when all you
would have needed is nothing more than an addition of water.
While you may have to check that the level of water never goes too low, you should also make sure that you add only the specified amount of distilled
water. For instance, as a precaution, do