There are many false rumors circulating about car and truck maintenance, and car batteries in particular. Some myths may sound far-fetched, but others are easy to believe. At Christian Brothers Automotive Jackson, we want to make sure you know the truth about your car. That’s why today, the ASE-certified technicians at our Tennessee auto repair shop are going to bust three common car battery myths.
Tap water is okay for refilling the water level in the battery.
It is never okay to use tap water to refill the water levels in your battery. Tap water can produce mineral build up that blocks the pores and coats the plates of the battery. Our experts recommend using only distilled, deionized or demineralized water.
If you’re not driving for a few weeks, disconnect the battery.
With the upcoming holiday season, many are advising drivers to disconnect their car battery while on vacation. This is a bad idea. If you disconnect the battery, systems requiring continuous power may not be able to reconnect. To avoid this, invest in a car battery maintenance charger, which will ensure your battery stays fully charged while you are away.
A discharged battery won’t affect the car’s fuel economy.
When a battery has fully discharged, which is also referred to as flattened, the car’s alternator will try it’s hardest to recharge the battery. This added load on the alternator and engine will cause your vehicle to use significantly more fuel.
These myths may be easy to believe, but our Jackson auto repair technicians want to make sure you’re operating with the correct information. If you have any questions about car battery maintenance, don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly team members. Call Christian Brothers Automotive Jackson for an appointment today, and see the nice difference!