Nothing sucks like being stuck by the roadside in a car with a dead battery and without help of any sort or garage in sight. Over the years we have discovered that a battery going dead or flat never comes at a convenient time.
It happens more frequently when you have an early morning meeting to attend at work, when you have a client to catch up with during lunch hour, when you have to pick the kids up from school or when you intend to leave the grocery store early to make dinner for the family. It’s a frustrating experience altogether!
A car battery is saddled with a heavy-duty function, it kick-starts the starter motor and powers virtually all of your car’s electrical system when you have the engine switched on. It takes only a healthy and top-functioning battery to have a running vehicle. However, it’s normal for a battery to weaken after being used for a while. More often than not, long parking hours and irregular car usage can cut the life of the battery shorter. Sometimes, your vehicle’s battery needs more than repairs, a replacement. In fact, within the space of 3-5 years, most car batteries need to be replaced.
When To Get a New Battery
As a car owner or a driver, you need to stay sensitive at all times so that you don’t get stranded on the road. Car batteries don’t just suddenly give up on their owner; rather, they give some easily observable symptoms that indicate the need for a replacement. Some of the subtle signs shown include;
- Frequent slow-cranking engine
- Battery case becoming swollen
- Battery terminals with corrosion stains
- Leakage of fluid, sparking, bloating or fumes from the battery
- Cracks on battery body
- Dim headlights
At times, the symptoms become even more obvious, and the most common ones are;
Difficulty in revving the engine
All batteries come with a specified capacity to provide power, every new battery does. The capacity is the cranking amps rating of any battery, so the actual amps that a battery can supply gets lower than the initial rating as it ages with time. As soon as the cranking amps become lower or fall below the critical threshold, starting your car will become somewhat impossible.
Electrical components stop responding
The battery is the backbone of a vehicle’s electrical system. It does not only supply power to the starter and ignition system but also delivers the needed extra power whenever electrical load exceeds what the alternator can supply. Windshield wipers, power steering,
defroster, headlights and other exterior lights, power windows, and more can start to malfunction once the voltage produced by the battery drops. If you can be smart enough when you start experiencing this subsequent malfunction of electrical components, you would get your battery tested.
Illuminated charging system warning light
This could mean many things for different vehicles but in most cases, it means that your vehicle is running solely on battery power. If you keep driving while the problem persists and your charging system fails, the battery won’t be able to charge at this point and before you know it, the battery runs down leaving you stranded with a dead battery. So, if this light comes on, you should have a mechanic run a few basic tests to see if what you need is a new battery.
If at any point you start observing these signs whenever you hop into your car to head out or while driving, you should head to a mechanic shop or a battery check and replacement expert for a thorough diagnostic battery check. You can get a car battery delivery and installation recommendation if what is required is a replacement.
Know These Before Buying a Car Battery
You know it’s time to get a new battery when a jumpstart fails. And for car owners that are new to the process, here are a few things you should look out for before shopping for a car battery online or heading to a car battery and installation service centre.
Refer to your owner’s manual
First thing first, pull out the owner’s manual to get information about the size of the battery your car requires and the type of battery needed for your car. Whether you are buying the battery yourself or through a dealership, knowing the size and the type of battery needed saves you the trouble of getting the wrong battery. Plus, you can easily fill in or give the correct details if you want the battery delivered to you.
All automotive battery trays are designed to fit a particular size of a cell as each car model and type has a unique battery group size. However, you can go the easier route by checking the body or label of your dead battery to know these details.
Failure to get the right size of battery would be a complete waste of time and the battery won’t fit in properly in the battery tray which of course might be damaged through vibration. Being acquainted with the type of battery needed for your car has to do with choosing the one that has its terminal locations in the right places.
Reserve Capacity / Standing Power
Before investing in a car battery, you should know the amount of time that the battery can support the electrical system of your car if peradventure your vehicle’s alternator stops charging your battery for a short period. To be on the safer side, only buy a battery whose standing power or reserve capacity is within the prescription of your car’s manufacturer.
Putting this in mind at the point of purchase will buy you more time whenever you experience an alternator failure.
Choose High-Quality Battery
Only time will tell before you have a taste of your own medicine. Cheap batteries should not be an option, instead, spend extra money upfront to save yourself of the huge repair and maintenance costs that follow thereafter. Choose from leading brands that are not only cost-effective but also have reliable warranties.
Cranking Amps / Cold Cranking Amps Rating
The amount of energy needed to power a battery for 30 seconds at 32°F is referred to as the Cranking Amps rating while Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) ratings for a car battery indicate the number of amps required for a battery to start at 0°F for least 30 seconds. In an environment where the adverse effect of winter is more felt, car owners usually have it tough starting their car engine before setting out for their daily activities. Cars in colder regions would be more efficient with batteries with higher CCA ratings. To say the least, follow your car’s manufacturer recommendations.
Check To See The Manufacture Date
Basically, a new or fresh cell should not be older than 3 months from the time of purchase. Installing used or older car batteries do more harm than good, damage could be as severe as permanently wrecking your car. At the point of purchase, ensure that you check the manufacture date.
At Hessco Innovations we step in at that point when your battery needs more than a repair. Regardless of where you are, we can get a new battery delivered to you, get it installed and in no time get your car running straight away.
We offer a complete car battery replacement service on all vehicle types and our competitive selection of batteries perfectly fit every budget without sacrificing warranty protection. Our expert mechanics will help you install your car battery within an hour or less at an affordable installation fee.
Feel free to schedule a future appointment or a same-day battery delivery and installation service with us.