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Car battery: Storing and charging maintenance

Batteries are a lot like people in winter; they like to stay warm and be fed regularly to keep their internal chemical reactions happy, even if they're getting less exercise. We compensate with multiple holiday feasts and beer. Your car's battery needs its own annual routine. Any car battery stored for a long period of time will suffer self-discharge, even in moderate climates—so southerners with garage queens aren't exempt. Real damage can result when a depleted battery's electrolyte meets freezing temps, cracking the internals and case. Proper battery storage with a charger avoids both problems. Buy the right equipment. Conveniently, effective battery chargers cost less than buying a new b

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