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Regular Battery Maintenance Can Extend Battery Life


Batteries Plus of Anchorage offers free car battery checks to help ensure
reliable performance in all climates

Anchorage, AK (Grassroots Newswire) January 10, 2011 - If regular battery
maintenance isn't part of your car care routine, you may be heading for a
stall. Regular inspections and maintenance of your car's battery can help
ensure safe and reliable starts, in both hot and cold climates.

Batteries Plus of Anchorage offers free car battery and electrical system
testing in addition to a visual inspection of your car battery to look for
common problems such as corrosion, poor connectors and failed hold downs
that can affect battery performance.

"Even if you don't have to cope with winter weather where you live," said
Larry Banning, owner of Batteries Plus of Anchorage, "heat and humidity
can cause battery problems, too. The bottom line is that it's no fun
having to deal with a dead battery, no matter what the weather. That's why
we recommend having your car's battery checked every three to six months."

Banning offers these battery inspection and maintenance tips designed to
maximize the life of your battery and improve its performance in any
climate. Note: If you attempt battery maintenance yourself, always wear
proper eye, hand and body protection to help prevent burns and serious
injury from the acid and corrosive chemicals inside the battery.

Tip 1:
Loose battery hold-downs leave the battery subject to vibrations, which
can cause the active material to shed from the car battery plate grids,
resulting in a shorter battery life. What to do:
* Secure the battery firmly to its mounting bracket.

Tip 2:
Corroded terminals resulting from sulfuric acid overflows from the lead
acid cells within the battery, or moisture buildups, can also cause a car
battery to fail over time.
What to do:
* Check the terminals where the battery cables connect and make sure they
are tight and corrosion-free. If you see corrosion, ask a qualified
technician to fix the problem.
* Keep terminal clamps clean. If you see an accumulation of a powdery,
white substance around the electrodes, use baking soda and water to clean
the clamps.
* Prevent future corrosion by using an anti-corrosion spray on the exposed
metal parts of the terminals and cables.

Tip 3:
Visible swelling, cracks or vents in your battery's case are an indication
that the battery is failing and should be replaced.
* Do a visual inspection of your battery regularly. If you see indications
of battery failure, have your battery checked by a qualified technician
and replaced if necessary.
* Keep your battery clean. Even small amounts of dirt deposited on the
battery can lead to a power "leak" and cause uncontrolled discharge and
power loss.

Excessive heat and cold can both lead to battery failure, adds Banning. In
hot climates, park your car in the shade or a garage to minimize prolonged
exposure to heat. In extreme cold weather, which can quickly drain your
car battery, keep the battery fully charged, but not over-charged. And,
never attempt to charge a battery that is colder than 60 degrees
Fahrenheit. Doing so can cause a violent explosion.

If your car does need a new battery, the experts at Batteries Plus of
Anchorage can recommend the right battery for your car, truck, luxury or
import automobile and install it on most makes/models. Installations can
be done while you wait – usually in 20 minutes or less - without an
appointment. The store also offers a full line of automotive accessories
like jumper cables, chargers, anti-corrosion rings and spray, hold-downs,
cable end replacements, and more to equip customers to handle any battery
problems caused by excessive heat or the cold.

For more information about Batteries Plus of Anchorage and their Free
Car/Truck Battery Testing program, please contact Larry Banning at (907)
770-6110 or Larry.Banning@batteriesplus.net.

Photos are available for this release at

A Batteries Plus technician performs a free battery inspection to check
for corrosion, poor connectors and failed hold downs.
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Batteries Plus can safely jump start your car, and then inspect your
battery to recommend next steps to avoid future problems.
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Batteries Plus can install your new car battery while you wait – usually
in 20 minutes or less – without an appointment.
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About Batteries Plus
Batteries Plus is the nation’s largest and fastest growing battery
retailer, selling more than 50 million batteries per year. Batteries Plus,
designated by Inc. Magazine as the nation’s fastest growing specialty
retailer and ranked as the #1 Battery Franchise by both Entrepreneur
Magazine and D&B AllBusiness.com, has over 440 locations in 45 states and
Puerto Rico. With access to more than 40,000 types of batteries and
accessories, Batteries Plus has the widest selection of batteries and
battery-related products and offers unmatched service to consumers,
businesses and government entities at the national and local levels.
Batteries Plus stores also feature Tech Centers equipped to design,
assemble, rebuild, and test custom battery packs. Batteries Plus continues
its reign as the undisputed battery retailing leader in the expanding $24
billion dollar battery category, estimated to reach $33.6 billion by 2012.
To learn more about our exciting franchise opportunities and joining the
battery franchise leader please visit BatteriesPlus.com for more
information.

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