Replacing a battery and finding the right kind that’s good for your vehicle is not at all very complicated as you might think. Of course, it requires a bit of technical knowledge about cars and their accessories. Most importantly, it entails common sense.
In this article, we will note down some of the basic things you’d need to know to help you find the appropriate battery for your car. We’ll also list down key factors you’d need to include in your checklist when deciding which battery can give your car the right kind of power.
If this sounds interesting to you, read on.
So how do you start?
First, check if there’s a shield over the battery. If it has, then it might be quite difficult or even dangerous to take it out. Better yet, talk personally to an expert auto mechanic.
If the battery is unshielded, you should be able to easily replace it yourself.
Also, note that some car battery suppliers offer free installation and disposal. If you’ve confirmed from your vendor that they indeed offer such services, then don’t be a hero. Not unless you’re very familiar with the process, it’s better to leave this whole thing to an expert.
Here are some of the things you should be looking for when buying a car battery:
Battery size. Your battery should exactly fit into your car’s terminal locations and physical dimensions. If your car is one of those that can accommodate more than one group size, that’s good. If you’re not sure, it would be best to refer to your car’s replacement guide. That way, you won’t end up wasting your money on a wrong battery.
Technology type. Driving styles and vehicle types may have different demands on your battery. If you want a battery with thicker plates that can survive numerous discharge cycles, settle for a deep cycle battery. This would also be recommended for cars with several electronic features or plug-in accessories. Otherwise, choose a starting battery which is mainly designed to produce fast bursts of energy that’s similar to starting engines.
Capacity rating. Make sure your replacement batteries have more or equal capacity ratings as the original battery. Settling for a battery with lower rating may result to subpar performance. Worse, it may not even be enough to crank your engine at cold temperatures.
Cold cranking amps (CCA). As mentioned earlier, batteries with lower capacity rating may not be able to start your engine. Most batteries are now designed to be able to meet varying temperature conditions. The more CCA rating your battery has, the greater is its capability to power up your car.
C20 capacity. Also sometimes defined in ampere-hour (Ah), this indicates the amount of energy that’s stored in the battery. The more C20 capacity your battery has, the better.
Reserve capacity. It indicates the amount of time your fully-charged battery can operate important car accessories in the event your car alternator fails.
What are the other things you’d need to take note?
- Check your user manual so you’ll know your car’s battery specifications.
- Compare your old battery to the new one. Make sure they’re of the same shape, size, and configuration. If they aren’t, have the new one replaced.
- Only buy a car battery from a reputable dealer or auto parts store.
- A car battery’s price is proportionate to its life expectancy. The more expensive your battery is, the longer it is also expected to live.
- Get some of your tools and accessories handy like the adjustable wrench, rags, gloves, and more to ensure safe installation of the battery.
It’s important that you first check thoroughly your car’s specifications to avoid purchasing a wrong battery for your car. It would also help if you pre-determine your driving style or the things you’d want to do in your car. That way, you’ll know if the battery you’re planning to purchase would be able to meet your demands.