The maintenance of auto battery involves periodic checking of the battery so that your car runs smoothly. Keeping in mind the following for a longer hassle-free battery life:
Make sure that the battery is firmly secured to the cradle and the cable clamps and leadwire contact is proper.
Keep the battery top clean and dry. Apply either petroleum jelly or Vaseline to cable clamps and terminals for proper lubrication. Never apply grease.
Use Distilled Water
Top up only with distilled water and maintain the level to the line, that indicates, maximum. Never add acid.
Keep the vent plugs closed tightly.
Ensure that the vent hose in the battery is not folded or damaged by the exhaust system.
Be sure to inspect your vehicle’s electrical system regularly, especially the regulator voltage setting.
Get your battery serviced regularly from your nearest authorised SF Sonic dealer.
It is extremely important to be cautious while handling a battery, as it can cause several hazards. Some of the possible risks are mentioned below to direct motorists to handle car batteries with utmost care:
Battery Acid can cause burns:
Be extremely careful while handling battery acid. If electrolyte is spilled on clothing or skin, wash with plain water and neutralise with a solution of baking soda and water. Electrolyte splashed into eyes can cause serious damage. In the event of such an accident, splash affected eye with clean and cold water for at least 5 minutes. Take medical advise.
Handling the Electrolyte:
(a) Preparing electrolyte:
In case electrolyte needs to be prepared, always add concentrated acid to water and never water to acid, as it may cause effervescence and spillage. Store electrolyte in plastic containers with sealed cover. Keep away from direct sunlight.
(b) In case electrolyte is swallowed:
Drink large quantities of water or milk and follow with milk of magnesia, beaten eggs or vegetable oil. Take medical advise.
- Always shield eyes when working with batteries, as sparks, acid splurge etc. may hurt the eyes.
- When charging batteries, work in a well-ventilated area - never in closed spaces.
- Always turn battery charger or ignition off before disconnecting a battery.
Batteries generate explosive gases during vehicle operation and also when charged separately. Flames, sparks, burning cigarettes or other inflammable sources that may start a fire must be kept away at all times.
Don't let your used battery fall into the wrong hands
Lead, a major component in all batteries, if not handled with care after use, can become hazardous and seriously harm the environment and the people around. When smelted in open furnaces, by unauthorised smelters, scrap lead particles escape into the air. Unchecked, they infect workers, permeate the soil and contaminate groundwater, pollute all organic life: vegetation, fish, meat, poultry, livestock and human beings in the process.
Even a slight exposure to lead can cause severe kidney damage, cerebro-muscular failure, a slowing down of the nervous system, abdominal discomfort, anaemia, hypertension and other major diseases. In areas exposed to open lead furnaces, there have even been cases of spontaneous abortion.
How lead pollution takes place through unauthorised smelting
- Lead particles settling on the floor stick to clothes or are swept into dust.
- Lead is released in workplace atmosphere as dust or fume
- Minute lead particles are ingested with food and drink
- Air borne particles settle on workmen's skin / clothing
- Lead particles being heavier enter soil and sub-soil
- Lead, inhaled by workmen, settles in the lungs
Save your children and the planet from lead poisoning
Handle used batteries with care. As responsible citizens, keep the planet and the generations to come free of lead poisoning. We at Exide collect used batteries at regular intervals from our dealers in closed trucks and have them recycled by smelters, authorised by the Ministry of Environment. We encourage dealers to collect all batteries that have lived out their service life.
All you need to do is return your used battery to any of our authorised dealers. This will ensure that your used battery never pollutes the environment or endangers the health of your children. Let us join hands to keep life on earth clean, beautiful and sustainable.