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How to make your car's battery last longer. Maintenance tips and a look at power requirements of some accessories.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Feb 1974 (v.52#2) pg. 16

How to buy the right battery for your car. How to tell when you need a new battery, what the numbers and specifications mean, and how to extend the life of a battery.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Jan 1977 (v.55#1) pg. 63

How to jump-start your car safely.
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS Dec 1984 (v.62#12) pg. 51

Car battery tester. Build a simple meter to estimate a car battery's cranking amps.

Battery isolator circuit allows two batteries to be charged from one alternator.
ELECTRONICS NOW Apr 1995 (v.66#4) pg. 18
Added Info ELECTRONICS NOW Jul 1995 (v.66#7) pg. 15

Ten steps to follow to safe battery boosting.
ELEMENTARY ELECTRONICS Sep-Oct 1975 (v.15#5) pg. 82

Installing a battery pan replacement in your car.
ELEMENTARY ELECTRONICS Jan-Feb 1981 (v.21#1) pg. 69

How to maintain a car battery.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #205 Jan 1980 (v.30#1) pg. 88

Tip: Warm automobile battery by turning on headlights for a short time before starting car. Good for cold weather starts.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #215 Jan 1981 (v.31#1) pg. 116

How to buy and care for automotive batteries.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #252 Oct 1984 (v.34#8) pg. 131

Repairing and replacing battery cables.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #276 Feb 1987 (v.37#2) pg. 66

Tips on cleaning your car's battery.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #285 Jan 1988 (v.38#1) pg. 88

Tips for maintaining sealed or maintenance-free auto batteries.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #323 Nov-Dec 1991 (v.41#10) pg. 97

Automobile battery basics and maintenance tips.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #328 May 1992 (v.42#5) pg. 54

Quick tests of auto battery and charging system.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #348 May 1994 (v.44#5) pg. 63

Booster cable selection and repair guide. Includes safety tips on using one.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #365 Feb 1996 (v.46#2) pg. 85

How to care for your car battery and instructions on installing a new one.
HANDY ANDY Apr 1978 (v.2#7) pg. 68

Preventive maintenance for automobile battery.
HOME MECHANIX #699 Jul 1986 (v.82) pg. 26

Troubleshooting to improve battery performance.
HOME MECHANIX #703 Nov 1986 (v.82) pg. 86

Preventive maintenance tips for your auto battery.
HOME MECHANIX #730 Feb 1989 (v.85) pg. 24
Added Info HOME MECHANIX #733 May 1989 (v.85) pg. 8

Keeping batteries charged. A look at the charging system's major parts, what to check, and how to spot a problem.
HOME MECHANIX #769 Oct 1992 (v.88) pg. 32

Basic maintenance tips for automobile batteries.
HOMEOWNER Dec 1987 (v.12#10) pg. 64

How to maintain and service your car's battery.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1978 (v.3#5) pg. 17

Tips on how to care for your car's battery.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Nov-Dec 1979 (v.4#6) pg. 103

Battery and regulator hints.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #426 Nov 1963 (v.59) pg. 112

Some facts about your car's battery. How it works, how to test it, charge it and keep it functioning.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #598 Mar 1978 (v.74) pg. 100

Routine battery care and maintenance tips.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #670 Mar 1984 (v.80) pg. 34

How to keep your car's battery strong this winter.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #680 Dec 1984 (v.80) pg. 25

A "smart" car-battery booster cable makes jump-starting a motor vehicle nearly foolproof. A red LED warns against making wrong (negative-to-positive) connections before the final connection is made.
MODERN ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1988 (v.5#6) pg. 40

"Bootstrap starting" and other cold-weather battery lore.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #84 Nov-Dec 1983 pg. 154

Tip: Use instant coffee to clean battery cables and terminals.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #97 Jan-Feb 1986 pg. 36

Electrical circuit for handling a second battery.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] May 1976 (v.9#5) pg. 26

Inexpensive auto battery tester simulates 200-ampere starter-motor load.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [1] Nov 1980 (v.18#5) pg. 78

Automotive projects. (1) Turn indicator annunciator for the hearing impaired. (2) Battery-charger probe checks to see if a charger is already on and/or connected properly. (3) Circuit to add both turn and brake signals to older vehicles. (4) Headlight reminder alarm that requires only 3 components. (5) Circuit to determine if your engine-block heater is working.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Mar 1992 (v.9#3) pg. 73
Correction POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1992 (v.9#6) pg. 70 (Headlight reminder alarm)

More automotive circuits. (1) Tri-color LED is used to indicate when a circuit is under power. (2) Headlights-on reminder. (3) Car-battery charger has built-in smarts that allow it to automatically switch from high to trickle charge. (4) Simplist headlights-on alarm. (5) Jumper-cable polarity checker.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Apr 1992 (v.9#4) pg. 70

Smart batteries have arrived. A review of the latest in auto battery technology plus tips on locating the source of an unwanted current drain.
POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Jun 1998 (v.15#6) pg. 41
Correction POPULAR ELECTRONICS [2] Aug 1998 (v.15#8) pg. 6

Winter battery care for your car.
POPULAR MECHANICS Nov 1963 (v.120#5) pg. 180

Proper testing, care and maintenance of your auto battery.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1972 (v.137#6) pg. 126

How to stretch the life of your battery.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1972 (v.138#6) pg. 125
Correction POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1973 (v.139#3) pg. 8

Car Care Guide. How to service and maintain a battery.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1973 (v.139#5) pg. S5

Car Care Guide. Servicing the battery and charging system.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1974 (v.141#5) pg. S48 (168+)

Tip: Only use a battery puller to remove battery cables.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1975 (v.144#6) pg. 42

The proper five-step method to use battery jumper cables.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1976 (v.145#1) pg. 24

All about automobile batteries. How they work, how they're made, how to buy one and how to take care of it.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1976 (v.145#2) pg. 80

Tip: Check your battery's "pigtail" wire for a loose or dirty connection.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1977 (v.147#2) pg. 56

What you should know about the care, testing and recharging of maintenance-free batteries.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1979 (v.151#1) pg. 106

How to inspect and maintain a battery.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1979 (v.152#4) pg. 168

Tip: How to test for a good battery ground connection.
POPULAR MECHANICS Apr 1980 (v.153#4) pg. 56

Prewinter car care. Cooling system, cold starting, engine tuneup, battery maintenance, suspension, tires and wheels, body and paint.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1983 (v.160#4) pg. 122

Getting the most from your automobile battery.
POPULAR MECHANICS Dec 1983 (v.160#6) pg. 37

How to determine the state of charge in a maintenance-free auto battery.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1984 (v.161#6) pg. 20

Proper procedure for connecting booster cables when jump-starting a car.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1985 (v.162#1) pg. 36

Tip on the only safe way to use jumper cables to jump-start an automobile.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jan 1986 (v.163#1) pg. 52

Use a plug-in strip heater and fiberglass insulation to keep your automobile battery warm during the winter and improve starting performance.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1986 (v.163#2) pg. 64

Preventing battery brownouts. Troubleshooting your automobile battery and charging system.
POPULAR MECHANICS Aug 1987 (v.164#8) pg. 111

5 tips for safe handling of auto batteries.
POPULAR MECHANICS Oct 1987 (v.164#10) pg. 24

Tip: Weekly wipe-down of an auto battery eliminates corrosion buildup and prolongs life.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1988 (v.165#2) pg. 27

Tip on maintaining batteries with side cable terminals.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1988 (v.165#5) pg. 40

Three wiring techniques for adding a second battery to a truck.
POPULAR MECHANICS Feb 1990 (v.167#2) pg. 22
Added Info POPULAR MECHANICS May 1990 (v.167#5) pg. 42

Tip on using a 9-volt battery and a cigarette lighter adapter to keep the memory circuits of an automobile's computer and radio equipment "alive" while you are changing the auto's battery.
POPULAR MECHANICS May 1990 (v.167#5) pg. 42

Replacing an auto battery. Some tips.
POPULAR MECHANICS Mar 1993 (v.170#3) pg. 88

What to do when a car needs battery replacement too frequently.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jun 1996 (v.173#6) pg. 108

Good service will lengthen battery life.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1966 (v.188#1) pg. 120

Install a switch to prevent damage to alternator rectifier diodes when recharging a battery.
POPULAR SCIENCE Apr 1966 (v.188#4) pg. 212

A 16-page special report on auto storage batteries and what they do.
POPULAR SCIENCE Oct 1968 (v.193#4) pg. 181

Tools and techniques for servicing auto batteries.
POPULAR SCIENCE Sep 1971 (v.199#3) pg. 114

How to install an extra battery and battery mount in a truck or recreational vehicle to insure starting. Auxiliary battery is controlled by a switch on the dashboard.
POPULAR SCIENCE Feb 1974 (v.204#2) pg. 156

Tip on checking side-mount batteries for hidden corrosion.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jan 1988 (v.232#1) pg. 111

How to install a second 12-volt auto battery in a car or van which needs extra electrical capacity.
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Nov 1986 (v.57#11) pg. 24

Automobile battery monitor circuit has three LEDs to indicate four voltage levels (11, 12, 13, and 14 volts).
RADIO-ELECTRONICS Jan 1988 (v.59#1) pg. 22

Cold weather car starter. This device automatically connects a separate, fully charged auxiliary battery to auto ignition when starting and then connects the car's battery when car is started. Est. cost: $9 (less battery).
RADIO-TV EXPERIMENTER #772 Feb-Mar 1966 (v.20#1) pg. 51

Prepare your auto battery for winter.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Oct 1963 (v.34#10) pg. 94

Starting your car with a "dead" battery.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS May 1965 (v.36#5) pg. 68

Winterize your battery. Test and clean it.
SCIENCE & MECHANICS Dec 1965 (v.36#12) pg. 63

Making your auto battery last longer.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #168 Jul 1990 (v.14#12) pg. 25

Setup for cleaning battery posts, terminals, and trays consists of a modified plastic jug, a brush and a baking soda solution.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #177 Apr 1991 (v.15#9) pg. 26

Making new battery cables.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #197 Dec 1992 (v.17#5) pg. 23
Added Info SKINNED KNUCKLES #199 Feb 1993 (v.17#7) pg. 33, 34

Lead-acid storage batteries. Design, operation, charging, etc.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #221 Dec 1994 (v.19#5) pg. 16

Servicing the postwar Volkswagen Beetle. Part 7. Battery and starter troubleshooting.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #239 Jun 1996 (v.20#11) pg. 20

Servicing lead-acid storage batteries.
SKINNED KNUCKLES #281 Dec 1999 (v.24#5) pg. 19