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There's nothing worse than getting stranded when your battery conks out. To avoid this situation, it's a good idea to remember to check your battery each time you have the oil changed. All you need is a good set of eyes. If there is corrosion on your battery terminals, they should be cleaned to ensure smooth starts. However, completely replace your battery if:
• If the battery's casing is cracked
• If the battery cables are frayed
• If there is anything leaking from the battery
• If you can't remember how long your battery has been in your car
*If you have an extended warranty, a new battery may be covered. Check with your warranty company.