A car battery is one of the most important parts of a vehicle. It provides the electrical current that powers the starter motor and turns the engine on. The battery also powers all of the car’s electrical accessories, such as the lights, radio, and windshield wipers.
A car battery generally lasts for three to five years, but extreme summer heat or cold winter weather can shorten its lifespan. If a battery is more than five years old, it’s a good idea to have it tested before it fails and leaves you stranded. Replacing a car battery is usually a quick and easy job for an auto shop like us. Here’s what you need to know about car batteries.
Types of Car Batteries
There are two main types of car batteries: lead-acid batteries and absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries. Lead-acid batteries have been around for more than 100 years and are the most common type of battery used in vehicles today. They’re relatively inexpensive and provide good starting power in all kinds of weather conditions. However, lead-acid batteries require maintenance and need to be kept clean and free of corrosion.
AGM batteries are newer technology that was developed for military aircrafts in the 1980s. They’re more expensive than lead-acid batteries, but they don’t require maintenance and can last up to twice as long. AGM batteries are also more resistant to extreme temperatures and vibration, which makes them ideal for use in luxury cars and off-road vehicles. Most AGM batteries come with a built-in safety feature that prevents overcharging.
How to Choose the Right Car Battery
The best way to choose the right car battery is to consult your owner’s manual or ask us for a recommendation. You’ll need to know your vehicle’s make, model, and year as well as your engine size (expressed in liters). Once you have this information, you can narrow down your choices by reading online reviews or asking friends for recommendations.
Choosing the right car battery doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what factors to consider. Just be sure to consult your owner’s manual or ask us for help if you’re unsure about which one will work best for your vehicle. With so many different options on the market you’re sure to find one that meets your needs!