Your Honda battery is a very special device. Currently a 12 volt storage hold, your Honda battery helps to operate the electrical systems of your car. Each Honda battery is comprised of six cells of stacked positive and negative lead plates that are separated by lead plates. These are, in turn, separated by insulators and immersed in electrolyte, which is a water and sulfuric acid mixture. Each one of these cells stores 2.1 volts of electricity, totaling 12.6 volts.
The chemical reaction that is caused by the lead plates and electrolytes produces a dangerous, explosive gas that vents through the battery cover. This is why you should always be careful when under the hood of your car. You should also make sure that the surface of your battery is kept clean.
In some batteries, a gel is used in place of the electrolyte, creating a battery that is considerably safer to use. These are what are usually referred to as “maintenance-free” batteries since there is no need to replace the electrolyte and other elements in the battery.
Care should always be exercised when your Honda seems to be experiencing problems with its charging or starting systems. Your dealer has a test that he can perform to determine the status of your battery. Once he can determine the status of your battery, he will be in a better position to tell you what should be done to keep your Honda operating at top conditions. For a general idea of your battery’s status, you can use the eye on the top of your battery for an indication. The average battery should last between three to five years.
At the sign of minor electrical issues or other functionality malfunctions, it’s always a good idea to have your battery tested by a authorized Honda service individual to determine if a battery replacement is needed.
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