Is Your Roadside Service Company Getting Fed Up with Constantly Jump Starting Your Car?
Car batteries don’t come with a life-time guarantee. If you start to notice your headlights dimming or if it’s been between 3 to 7 years since you bought a new battery, or your calling for constant help from your local towing service for a jump-start, then it is time to invest in a new one. You can either take your car to an experienced mechanic or do the job yourself. Changing a car battery is a quick and simple job for most cars and vans and can performed using the minimal of tools.
First, check to ensure that the battery actually needs replacing. After all, why spend time and money buying a new one if the problem has nothing to do with the battery. Take the following into consideration first.
Look for a white or blue build up of residue around the terminals, getting rid of this can sometimes solve the problem. However, please be aware: never touch this with your bare hands, as it can contains sulphuric acid which will corrode your skin.
Check the battery if it has been recharge properly by test driving it for 30 minutes.
Finally, look at the alternator. Some cars come equipped with a battery meter with the engine still running. The alternator maintains a charge of 13.8-14.2 volts. The battery should have 12.4-12.8 volts when the engine is not running.
Purchase the right replacement battery. Determine the type of battery you’re replacing, and bring this, plus your car’s make, model and engine information to your local auto parts store. This is crucial because car batteries come in various sizes and capacity, and you need to buy the one that matches the size of the battery tray housed in your car.
In some parts of the United States, you will be charged a fee when you buy a new battery; however, if you bring your old battery when buying your new one, you will not be charged this fee. So, if you want to stop calling out your local towing service for help, follow the above advice, and you won’t go wrong.