BACK TO BATTERY BASICS

The battery is an important component of a vehicle. It is the component that stores power making sure your vehicle is ready for starting up the next time you need it, and it allows you to run hazard lights and headlamps in an emergency.  

Replacing your vehicle’s battery is inevitable and will be necessary a number of times throughout the life of your vehicle. Ensuring that your battery is well maintained as well as being proactive in replacing your battery can ensure that your car is ready to go when you are! 

What are the indications of a failing car battery? Here are some of the symptoms you should become familiar with so that you can be proactive in replacing your battery and prevent a battery-related problem from happening when you least expect it.

  1. If your vehicle's instrument panel includes an ammeter, it will light up when your battery is beginning to show signs of failure.
  2. Starting Problems. Vehicles with failing batteries usually have difficulty starting. This is due to the battery not having enough power to turn all the components in the engine.  
  3. Loss or dimming of internal and external lights, slower cranking are also indicators of a failing battery.
  4. Dirty and corroded terminals are a sure sign that the battery needs replacing.
  5. A bad smell coming from the vehicle after turning the engine off is also an indication that the battery is not good. This is due to one or two of the battery cells getting damaged.
  6. Any leakage is a sign of deterioration of the battery.  This may also cause destruction to the vehicle paint and corrode the metal of your engine bay.  So any signs of leakage are bad and the battery should be replaced immediately.

Here are a few tips on Battery Purchase:

 

  1. All batteries lose strength over time, even when idle. So choose one no more than six months old and ensure that the warranty available on the battery is three months minimum.  a)  Note however that signs of neglect, such as low-water levels and improper installation, can void a warranty. So can use in heavy-duty applications such as high-end car audio and marine use if the battery is not recommended for them. 
  2. A battery's toxic lead and acid can easily be recycled, and most retailers will arrange this for you. When buying a new battery, ensure you bring in the old battery when installing the new one. Most companies, and all of those that are environmentally responsible, either charge extra for not brining in the old battery or offer discounts on the price of a new battery when your old battery is brought in to be recycled.
  3. Batteries come in a variety of sizes and it's important to choose the right size. The wrong size might not fit securely or provide sufficient power. If the terminals are in the wrong place, your car's cables might not reach, or it may not fit securely. Check your owner's manual or ask one of our Automotive Art staff for assistance in choosing the right battery for your vehicle.

Visit the Automotive Art store today, our professional staff would be happy to assist in guiding you and arranging for replacement of your old vehicle battery to ensure that your vehicle is not compromised and your vehicle is ready to go – the road’s the limit!