Checking the Charge

Checking the Charge

Maintaining an appropriate charge in your battery is important for optimal performance in your vehicle. Your car, boat, RV or golf cart should all be monitored to be sure that problems with power do not ensue.  Here are two ways to tell if your battery has exceeded its full charge.

1- Excess Heat

When a battery is overcharged, pressure builds up within the casing which can result in cracks in the exterior and the slow release of the battery’s charge. The escaping charge makes the battery feel warm, even when the vehicle has been sedentary.

2- Battery Bulge

In many cases, a properly functioning battery will have a square or rectangular shape. When gas builds up within the casing, edges that are normally square and sharp become bulbous. This bulging battery is another sign of overcharging.

To help guard against overcharging, be sure to have your engine serviced regularly. This will help to minimize strain on the battery. When a battery needs to be charged, be sure contemporary equipment is used. Newer equipment is less likely to overcharge your battery. When in doubt about the charge in your battery, a voltmeter will give you precise information. If you are uncomfortable with using a voltmeter yourself, be sure to seek assistance. Click here to learn more about battery accessories in Escondido.

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