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11/15/2011 - Car Care Council recommends drivers check their batteries

Consumers should check the health of their battery.

To avoid breaking down on the side of the road this winter, the Car Care Council is encouraging motorists to check their batteries this fall to make sure they have enough energy.

"Sooner or later all batteries have to be replaced, and excessive heat and overcharging are the two main reasons for shortened battery life," cautions the Car Care Council, a nonprofit organization that promotes vehicle maintenance and repair.

The group added that while excessive heat may cause battery fluid to evaporate, cold temperatures are damaging to a battery as well, as they increase the thickness of engine oil, making the battery work harder to turn the engine over.

To get the most battery life as possible, the Car Care Council suggests drivers practice some basic battery maintenance tips, such as making sure its electrical system is charging at the correct rate. The top of the battery should also be kept clean, as dirt and debris can act as a conductor, thereby draining battery power.

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