Planning An Extended Tour Of The Australian Outback? A Dummies Guide to Ensuring your 4WD Battery is Looked After

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The Great Australian Outback with its vast unpopulated and unforgiving expanses is the last place on earth that you want to experience battery problems or any other kind of problem for that matter.  It is unlikely that a roadside assistance company would send a team out far into the outback to assist you, after all, there are limits to any level of service offered.

It is, therefore, your absolute responsibility to ensure that your Roadside Response 4WD battery is in good condition before you do anything else.  The following is a simple guide to ensure that your battery will survive the trip without any problems.

Age and history of your battery.

A well-maintained battery should last you between 3 and 4 years depending on the conditions that it has had to operate in, anything longer than that is a bonus.  Bearing that in mind, if the battery is fast approaching the end of its lifespan (even if problem free) it might be prudent to replace it as a precaution.  Certainly, if the battery has exhibited symptoms like slow cranking or becoming flat in a day or too, then replacement is definitely indicated.

Pre-trip inspection and maintenance.

If your battery is relatively new and free of problems, then you only need to carry out an inspection and decide what maintenance is required.  The so called maintenance free batteries still require some attention but, being sealed it is no longer necessary to top up the electrolyte.

It is recommended that the battery first be removed from the vehicle to enable a proper inspection to be carried out.

Firstly inspect the battery terminals and cable clamps for signs of corrosion.  This is indicated by a whitish, blue powdery substance which first has to be removed with a wire brush.  This corrosion eats away at the terminals and could also cause the battery to slowly discharge.

A solution of hot water and bicarbonate of soda then has to be made and applied to the terminals and clamps.  You will notice that the corrosion starts bubbling as the solution neutralizes the acid.  Allow it to do its job while you apply some more solution to the car batteries Perth and compartment.  Finish off by washing with soapy water to remove all traces of dirt, and finally rinse thoroughly with clean water.


Dry everything thoroughly and inspect the battery case for bulges or cracks, if any are found the battery will need to be replaced.  Inspect the cables and clamps for breakages, fraying, stripped fasteners and so on and replace as required.  Make sure the contact areas of the battery clamps are clean.  A small wire brush or a piece of emery cloth will soon restore good contact.

Final words

The final task is to give the battery a long charge for 10 to 12 hours before refitting the battery in the vehicle.  A smear of high-temperature grease will protect the terminals from contamination.  Follow this handy guide and your battery should give you no trouble in the Outback.'

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