The battery is the car’s heart and soul. A car battery is a critical component that ensures the smooth running of your vehicle. Car batteries can last for several years, but sometimes they can perish at most inconvenient times. So, like everything else about your vehicle, knowing all the basics about car batteries is equally important.
Here is the summary of everything you need to know about your car’s battery, including how it works, what things you need to know before buying or changing a car battery, and factors that shorten battery life.
The job of a car battery is to convert chemical energy into electrical energy and supply it to different areas of the car. It maintains a consistent flow of electric current for ensuring the continuous running of the engine.
Reasons that could lead to shortening of the battery life
A typical properly maintained car battery lasts three to five years but once it crosses three years of age, it should be closely monitored. Failing to maintain the battery can lead to poor performance or end up in permanent damage. Some of the most common factors that can lead to battery failure include:
Long term exposure to extreme temperatures
Parasitic drain, meaning the electricity drains even after turning off the vehicle
Failure of the charging system
Corrosion or lose terminals
Leaving the car parked for extended period
Headlamps or interior lights left on
Find the right battery for your car
There are various things to keep in mind when finding the battery for your car. Here are some of them.
Brand – It is better to pick the battery that the car manufacturer recommends.
Age – A battery purchased within six months of manufacturing is considered good.
Ah rating – Never buy a battery having an Ah rating lower than your existing battery, it can give starting troubles. Find the manual for the correct Ah rating.