With how reliable modern cars are, there are many people out there who have never had to deal with the inner workings of their vehicle, simply getting it serviced and paying the garage before heading on their way. But knowing where the water, oil and fuel goes isn’t all there is to know about running a car, and it’s well worth your time to familiarise yourself with other aspects of the vehicle, too. The battery is an essential component of a car, and so in the first of this month’s articles we’ll be looking at just that.
How Does a Battery Work?
The car battery works by converting chemical energy into electrical energy you can use to start your vehicle or to use your air conditioning or anything else in your vehicle. It delivers voltage to the areas of your car that require it and also maintain a constant and steady current of electricity as well, ensuring that your engine keeps running.
Types of Car Battery
There are three different types of battery that you primarily need to know about. These are as follows:
The standard battery you can expect to originally find in most vehicles, these are generally guaranteed for a three year life and around 20,000 starts.
The mid-range battery available, these batteries have a longer lifespan than their lead acid counterparts at four years and around 30,000 starts in them. These batteries also have around 18% more starting power, making them likelier to start your car on a cold morning, when the battery is most strained.
As the top-range battery you are most likely to find, these batteries last for an average of five years and have the capability to start your vehicle for up to – and perhaps beyond – 50,000 times. They are highly suited to powering air conditioning and charging phones, and have around 33% more starting power than other, less capable batteries.
Stop/start technology requires a battery of greater capacity than the ones detailed above, such as AGM batteries. These are immensely more powerful, having the capability to start an engine a staggering 360,000 times on average. Nevertheless, these are far more expensive and require professional attention to ensure that they are appropriately calibrated with your car’s onboard computer.
There are a number of issues that might crop up with your battery and it pays to know what these issues might look like so you can keep your engine in top shape. These include:
– Slow engine starts resulting from a weakened or a flat battery
– Engine warning lights flashing
– Low battery fluid level
– A swelling or bloated battery case
A pungent, sulphur smell is emitted from the engine
If any of these things occur, you might be facing battery problems. Such problems might be the result of malfunctions in the battery, but others may be a result simply of age. You will need to identify these troubles and then see to them to ensure the vehicle is fully functioning.
How to Fix Your Battery
While some battery issues may be easily fixed, others might not be. As a general rule of thumb, if you feel even a little confused by the inner workings of your car, it is best to call a professional. You may need your battery replaced, but a simple procedure may be all it takes to get it working again.
You may be able to prevent some issues by insulating your battery to protect it from the colder winter weather, but others may arise nonetheless. For all other worries regarding your car battery, you’ll need the expertise available from Universal Tyres – give us a call today to find out more.
Universal Tyres are experts when it comes to car servicing and maintenance. Our team has a wealth of experience dealing with car battery issues and will therefore be able to remedy any problem in no time at all. With over 90 years of experience in the field, you can rest assured that when you book a comprehensive repair service with us you are in the safest hands no matter where you are in the south of England. For more information, or to book a service at Universal Tyres, contact our friendly team today!