Vehicle Batteries

Batteries are the most dramatic object. Other things stop working or they break, but Batteries… they die. When battery is dead, your car is also dead. Almost every driver has to deal with a dead battery.

An automotive battery is based on lead-acid battery technology. The car battery is small in size, but great in performance. It supplies electrical current to the motor vehicle. Its main purpose is to feed the starter, which starts the engine. It converts chemical energy into the electrical energy that powers your car and it stabilizes the voltage that keeps your engine running. It is an electrochemical device that consists of three basic components:

  1. Electrodes that collect an electrical charge
  2. Electrolyte solution that supplies water and sulfate for the electrochemical reaction to occur
  3. Battery case to hold these components

It typically lasts three to four years. However, driving habits, weather and frequent short trips can drastically shorten the actual life of your car battery. A battery can maintain a charge while the engine is on, but once it’s off electronics draw directly from the battery, so avoid charging devices from car battery, when it is off. It weakens the battery. When you have a weak battery, your car ends up putting additional stress on healthy parts like charging system, starter motor or starter solenoid. It shows signs while getting week like:

  • Flashing Warning lights
  • Strange voice while starting the car

When you get a warning from your car system, you must immediately get these checked by us :

  • Engine light
  • Battery fluid level
  • Swelling battery case

As we live in a four-season climate, we’re used to extreme weather changes. These frequent changes affect not only us but our car battery, too. A temperature between 30 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit is ideal for efficient battery working, because it’s operation is based on a chemical reaction so temperatures is of pivotal importance. Just as heat speeds up chemical reactions, cold temperatures slow them down. Northside Radiators and Auto Care provides best care for your car batteries in Brisbane, Australia.

Effects of cold weather on battery:

  • In cold weather, batteries will discharge quicker.
  • The chemical reaction slows down as the temperature decreases.

At colder temperatures, the battery’s ability to provide sufficient power to start and run a vehicle is diminished

Effects of hot weather on battery:

  • Excessive heat can actually accelerate the battery’s chemical operation, causing battery fluid to evaporate.
  • Loss of battery fluid can permanently damage the internal structure of the battery.

Heat is the primary cause of battery failure as it accelerates corrosion inside the battery. Hot weather is even more detrimental to your car than cold weather.

Heat typically accelerates chemical activity, but higher temperatures also speed up internal corrosion within the cells and reduce the life of the battery. This is particularly true of batteries that repeatedly reach high internal temperatures, and once capacity has been damaged by heat, it can’t be restored.

How to make our battery live longer:

  • Store your car in a garage if possible.
  • Avoid charging things like cell phones and GPS devices through your car.
  • Keep the battery clean. Excessive dirt can drain battery power.
  • Always replace a battery with one that is of equal or higher quality than the one originally specified
  • Get routine battery checks by a qualified technician.