Is it time to replace your car battery?

car battery 19th December 2013

Like every element or component present on a vehicle, batteries can lose some of their effectiveness and may even end up not working at all. Often drivers are pre-warned about issues with their battery, with months of stuttering starts before it finally gives up.

As battery failures are one of the most frequent motoring problems drivers face it is important that time is taken to keep the component in great working order and that people know when the time has come to invest in a new battery.

This is particularly true in the winter months, as the colder weather can put an extra strain on this part of a vehicle.

Batteries tend to have a lifespan of around five years and it is better to buy one, before you're pushed to splash the cash on a replacement in an emergency.

Buying a new car battery can be a daunting task, but there is plenty of information available to help you make your decision. Batteries are rated according to Amp Hours and Cold Cranking Amps (CCA), with the former giving a good indication of how long the battery will last if it's not recharged.

The latter is the power they have to turn the engine over sufficiently to get it started in cold conditions and it is important to take these into account when buying a new battery.

A high CCA is not really necessary for a small car and could leave you forking out for power you really don't need.

Drivers unsure about what type of battery to buy for their vehicle can make use of what they have at their fingertips, or under the bonnet to be precise, the old battery. This will give you guidance on the type of battery you should be purchasing for your specific car.

Prices for batteries do vary and it is important to do your research before buying, particularly when the battery is showing signs of losing its effectiveness, as the last thing you want to do is be paying over the odds for an emergency replacement at the side of the road.

Posted by Danielle Barge