A vital part of car maintenance for your Fiat car is ensuring that your battery is in good working order. It may sound like a tricky job, but there are basics that you can do yourself to keep your Fiat battery in tip top condition. Try not to use the electronics when the engine isn't running to avoid draining power from the battery.
On some occasions, you will begin to suspect that your Fiat car needs a new battery, e.g. if your Panda refuses to start in the morning, it's a good chance that it's a battery problem. However it's much better to keep on top of your battery health before the aforementioned disaster occurs, by maintaining the battery and taking it for regular check ups.
Before doing anything to the battery, make sure that the car engine is switched off and the battery is disconnected. Baking soda and an old toothbrush make ideal tools for cleaning any deposits from the battery terminals, then polish off the powder with an old cloth. If there looks like there is any damage to cables or clamps, then book your car in for a service at your local Fiat garage. Taking action early could prevent more expensive damage caused if the battery were to short circuit and damage other electronic components. If you see any cracks in the battery case itself then it should be replaced as soon as possible.
All car batteries need replacing about every 3 to 5 years, even if you do your best to maintain them, they work hard to keep your car running. Whether you have a small car such as the Fiat 500, Punto and Panda or a larger vehicle like the Bravo, Qubo or Doblo, they are all recommended to use genuine Fiat batteries and be serviced regularly at Fiat garages.