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Best Place To Buy A Car Battery – Q. I think I may need a new battery soon. A friend drove me and commented that my machine was not turning as fast as it should be when we left early one morning. Does this sound right? Can you give me help on how to handle this? I can not remember when it was last changed; it may be a long time back.
– Cathy M.
A. Your friend sounds like a great person to have onboard! Symptoms of slow aging battery crank, especially during a cool morning start-up, after a long time with the door open or the left light on for a bit. The noticeable change in the brightness of the light from the idle machine becomes faster is another symptom.
Just to make sure it’s really time to replace the battery, there’s a quick and easy test called a conductance test, which requires a diagnostic tool. Many auto parts and repair facilities offer this as a free service, hoping you will follow up with a battery purchase if needed. Other possible causes of the battery feels weaker include rusty / loose terminals, excessive drying of battery energy while parked, simply charging battery problems or beginners (if poor / not cranking is the only symptom). It’s easy to check, if any symptoms accept it. Batteries typically show symptoms of aging during cold weather because of their reduced performance and higher system requirements.
Here are some suggestions if you need to buy a new battery. Your special automotive battery has a group number (usually two digits, all vehicles have it) as determined by BCI (Battery Council International). This figure shows the physical size, terminal type and orientation, hold-down method and other characteristics, making easy shopping changes. In addition to group numbers, automakers assign CCA ratings (cold cranking amps) to vehicles depending on engine size and number of electrical accessories. CCA is the number of amps (quantity of electric current) the battery can deliver for 30 seconds at zero degrees F, while maintaining at least 7.2 volts – a strange type of benchmark but useful for comparison. Depending on the battery’s physical size, plate composition, and design characteristics, the CCA can range from about 400 to 1,000. Typically, larger batteries are physically ranked higher, and it would not hurt to become larger if appropriate. Be sure to meet or exceed the recommended CCA ratings.
Spare capacity (RC) can also be determined. This is a measure of the battery’s ability to transmit flows without recharging, possibly when a vehicle is parked or driven by a charging system failure. RC is the number of minutes the battery can deliver 25 amperes of current without a voltage falling below 10.5 volts (12.6 volts is a normal no-load voltage from a fully charged battery).
Battery replacement can also be optimized for climate. Cold weather reduces performance and hot weather shortens the age. Another possible option is an AGM (glass absorbed glass) battery, not a traditionally flooded cell battery. The design is spill-proof, longer-lasting and longer-lasting, and does not quickly detach during storage, among other benefits.
When shopping for batteries, take a look at the warranty offered. There is a full replacement time (usually two to three years) often followed by a prorated period, maybe three to four years away. I am looking for the best full replacement period, because the prorata warranty limits the replacement options.