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What is a battery service and do you recommend it?

Q: My mechanic recommended a “battery service” for my 2005 Honda CRV. I don’t see that service in my owner’s manual. What is a battery service and do you recommend it?
-Mark

A: You will not find Battery Service in the book. There really is no set time frame for servicing a battery and it’s a purely visual inspection. Over time, batteries vent acid and build corrosion on the terminals. This corrosion should be cleaned. At best, it will make your battery and starter work harder than it should, shortening its life. If it gets bad enough, the corrosion will eventually eat the cable ends and could impact the vehicles ability to start. If you have any doubts as to the legitimacy of the recommendation, just ask the service advisor to show you. What you’re looking for is either a white/green fuzzy looking buildup on the top of the battery or a gray dull look on the battery terminals. We do recommend battery service on an as needed basis. Our battery service includes pulling, checking, and cleaning the battery cables, cleaning the battery posts, and installing protective sealing chemicals.

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