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Know Your Car Battery

Tips - 11 September 2019

Car BatteryWhen it comes to car maintenance, most car owners don’t give their hard-working battery a second thought. This component is often taken for granted because it goes about its duty without much bother – until it dies and you’re left stranded.

What is the Function of a Car Battery?

Your car’s battery starts your car when you turn on the ignition by supplying an electrical current to your starter unit. After starting your engine, power is supplied via the alternator to other devices in your vehicle, such as LED lights, sound, and safety equipment.

What Causes a Car Battery to Wear?

Driver behaviour, seasonal conditions, and vehicle age can drain your battery and affect its lifespan.

 Driver Behaviour

  • Plugging in numerous appliances while driving, for example, charging a fridge and a cell phone into your 4x4 at the same time.
  • Leaving your car standing for lengthy time periods.
  • Only using your car for short journeys which don’t give your battery a chance to re-charge.
  • Leaving the lights on after parking for more than four to seven hours depending on your battery’s make and age.
  • Playing the audio system for longer than 10 - 12 hours while the car is stationary.

Seasonal Conditions

  • Chilly weather puts extra strain on older cars. The lower temperatures cause the chemical reactions needed to make batteries work slow down.
  • Extremely hot weather affects your battery’s health by causing vital liquids to evaporate and its charge to weaken.

Vehicle Age

A battery’s life depends more on the age of the car than the cost or brand of the battery. Batteries fitted into new Original Equipment Market (OEM) cars last longer than those in the aftermarket where vehicle maintenance plans have expired. This is because power is drawn off batteries by other aging vehicle components such as vehicle trackers and aftermarket spotlights.

How can I tell if my Battery is Dying?

The first warning signs of a dying battery is the battery light in your dashboard turning on. Subsequent  indicators are:

  • Dim vehicle lights
  • Electrical issues, such as, flickering interior lights
  • Slowly starting engines
  • Check battery light turning on as a direct indicator of a battery problem and an engine light turning on as a possible battery related problem
  • Bad smells, similar to rotting eggs, suggesting battery damage or an internal short
  • Visibly lower battery fluid levels
  • Corroded connectors

What Should I do if my Car Battery is Run Down?

Car batteries need to be replaced every three to five years. If you have any battery concerns visit your nearest Supa Quick fitment experts for friendly advice and service.

Disclaimer: This information is for educational, or entertainment purposes only. The views expressed here are not that of Supa Quick. We do not make any warranties about the completeness, reliability, and accuracy of this information. Any action you take upon the information on this site is at your own risk. We will not be liable for any losses and damages in connection with the content on this site.

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