Squeeze more life out of an old battery, or secretly mark a vehicle as yours at no cost, with these auto care tips.
Battery care is part of auto care. Try our battery extender method and you might find your old juice box has some oomph left in it.
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W.W. Donovan has a way to avoid (temporarily, at least) being inconvenienced by a dead battery cell. Mr. Donovan, a Floridian who resides in Titusville, says the following "fix" works about 90% of the time. Using a hydrometer, he first finds which cell is dead, and adds one teaspoon of Epsom salts to that "empty pocket". Next, W.W. tops off all the cells with water and places the battery on a charger. If no charge can be measured, he adds another teaspoon of Epsom salts. If after three such applications no charge is noticed, the battery falls in the 10% failure category. However, the Sunshine Stater says this cure should carry most batteries through a few more months (perhaps until you can afford to buy a new one).
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