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Replacing a Positive Battery Terminal

When you have to replace a positive battery terminal, there are a few things that you will want to keep in mind. Here are some references and tips that can help you through the process with ease.

Step 1 – Get in Plain Sight

The easiest way to work with a battery terminal in order to replace it is to take it out completely so that you have room to work on it in front of you. You will need to take a look at the battery terminal and see what is going on. The red side is the positive side and is what you are going to be working with.

Step 2 – Get the Right Tools Ready

When working with cars or batteries and parts, you want to make sure that you are using the right tools so that you do not damage anything. A terminal brush, a wrench, and a wire stripper are all essential things to have.

Step 3 – Replace the Actual Terminal

When you are replacing the actual positive battery terminal, you will need to use the wrench to loosen the nut. This way you will be able to turn the terminal. It may take a few tries, but use the wrench to continue turning the terminal and pull it off completely. Be sure to wear gloves and goggles while you are working on this type of job. While you are working, it is important to make sure that all of the wires stay clear of the terminal so that you do not cause any problems.

Step 4 – Clean it Off

Another important thing that you will need to do before installing the new positive battery terminal is to clean it off. You can use the terminal brush, which you can find at many hardware and automotive stores, to brush everything off. The main reason for this is to make sure there is no corrosion still on the terminal. If there is and you don’t clean it off, it will just continue to get worse from there on and you will find yourself having to replace or fix the terminal and battery again.

Step 5 – Put on New Terminal

Once everything has been cleaned off, you can replace it with a new positive battery terminal. To do this, first check to make sure that the wires do not need to be replaced. If they are frayed or corroded at all, you will want to replace them or if you see that they are coming unhooked, you can use pliers to move them back and secure them. You may need electrical tape to keep everything where it needs to be. Use the wrench again to put on the new terminal and tighten up the bolts. Make sure that you have the red wires going, as you are working on the positive terminal side. Then, once everything is put back together, check to make sure that it is working and in good shape.

Winter Maintenance for Electric Cars

Owning an electric car is different from having a traditional gas-powered vehicle in a lot of ways. You don’t have to wait for the engine to heat up in the morning, and the heater will work as soon as you press the button. Forget about pumping the gas and all that stuff, too. But there are still some winter maintenance tasks you need to complete for your electric car. You won’t have to check the oil, the spark plugs, or the fuel filter. However, there are several winter maintenance tasks you’ll want to complete to keep your electric car running great.

Check the Wiper Blades

Check your wiper blades at least once a year, and replace them if needed. You don’t want to discover your wiper blades are worn out during a rain or snow storm. Examine the blades for signs of wear by looking at them from the side. Your blades should be in a straight, even line. If you see visible gaps or tears in the blades, you need to replace them.

Check the Coolant

Like gasoline-powered cars, electric cars have a coolant system. Check your coolant level, and add coolant to the engine if needed. Coolant is important in winter, just as it is in summer. The engine still needs to avoid overheating, and in winter that engine might be working overtime.

Rotate the Tires

You should actually do this for any type of car, be it electric, hybrid, or a gas-guzzler. Take the time to rotate your tires at the beginning of winter. You’ll have to remove all four tires at once to perform this task, so make sure you do it safely.

Check Fluid Levels

Take a look at all your car’s fluids. There is no oil in an electric car, but you do have brake fluid and windshield wiper fluid in addition to the coolant. Check the level on both of these, and add more if needed.

Driving Electric in Winter

Your electric car will continue to function normally in winter. You won’t notice much difference in how your vehicle drives, but you will notice a difference in battery drain. Your car’s heat draws energy from the battery. In winter when you’re using more battery power to heat the car and drive, you may need to charge your battery more frequently.

Your electric car will have noticeably less range on cold days. On extremely cold days, your range may get as low as 45 miles. To conserve battery power, make sure you use the “Eco Mode” setting if your car has one. Plan your trips carefully, and always charge your battery before you leave home.

You’ll still want to keep an ice scraper in your car to remove ice and frost before you start driving, and it’s a good idea to let the ice melt from the windows before you get out on the road.

Battery-Saving Tips

Battery drain is going to be your biggest concern during winter. Practice some everyday maintenance to conserve as much battery power as possible. When you charge before you leave your home, go ahead and turn the heater on while the car is still plugged in. You can get the interior toasty warm without losing any battery energy. Turn off your cabin heater, and use seat heaters to stay warm while you drive and conserve even more battery energy.

When you park your car, try to find a sheltered spot. A heated garage is ideal, obviously, but when that’s not available look for a covered area, at least. Any type of weather protection will help shield your car from the cold, which helps reduce battery drain.

Good Winter Maintenance

Practice good winter maintenance on your electric car to keep it in great shape and running well. Electric cars are much easier to maintain than gas-powered vehicles, and they offer a lot of advantages in winter when temperatures drop.