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How to Recondition a Car Battery

Have you ever considered the possibility of reconditioning the batteries you have instead of throwing them away?  You actually can recondition car batteries back to almost new condition and save yourself a lot of money compared to buying new ones.

This involves a very inexpensive material called Epson Salt along with distilled water.  Not tap water or bottled water, you must use distilled water to avoid mineral deposits growing on the lead inside the battery.  Heat 16 ounces of distilled water to around 150° and dissolve approximately 8 ounces of the Epson salts in the water.

Carefully dump the acid in the battery into a safe container, adding baking soda to neutralize the acid for proper disposal at a later time.

Fill each reservoir in your battery with the solution.

Replace the caps or plugs on the battery and put the battery on a slow charger for at least 24 hours.  You should have a fully functioning battery that could give you 6 months or more of use.

You should always be careful when dealing with batteries and acid.  The acid in most car batteries is sulfuric acid, one of the strongest types we have.  If you get it on your clothing, it will eat through it and ruin whatever you are wearing.  Please be careful and wear the proper protective gear to keep your body, especially your eyes, safe when dealing with this strong acid.  Even the residue on the battery, if rubbed onto clothing can eat it away.

A good tip for after the battery is charged is to take a small container of warm water about 4 ounces and dissolve 3-4 tablespoons of baking powder into the water.  Using a paper towel dipped in this water, clean the outside of the battery to help deactivate the acid that may still be there.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to totally recondition your car battery at home for a fraction of the price of a new battery and you will know how to maintain that battery to keep it performing optimally and dependably for you in the future.

You can easily find old car batteries that you can work on saving yourself and your family money by restoring them. You could start a side business restoring other people’s batteries for them, saving them money. If it works out you may even make it a full time business.

If you are setting up a solar power system you can save big by finding old batteries and reconditioning them back to life for your use as well.


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