While a breakdown is not the best time to replace a battery, it could happen nonetheless. That is why you need to be at least knowledgeable about the makeup of a battery and what you need to do if you have to make a quick decision about a battery replacement.
Make Sure You Install the Right Size Battery
If your car does break down because your battery has gone bad, you need to make sure you obtain the right size battery and that the terminal locations are correct for your particular vehicle. Check your owner’s manual or an in-store fitment brochure to review the most common sizes. Naturally, the person who services your car can also help you select the right size.
Also, if you need to replace your battery, make sure that it is one that is fresh. Batteries can lose their strength over time, even when they are in storage. Therefore, for maximum performance, make sure you purchase a battery that is no more than six months old. Also, you need to understand the shipping codes for batteries. Some use a letter for the month, such as “A” for January, and a number for the year, such as 6 for 2016. Other codes show a numeric date. Codes are usually found on a battery’s case.
Personnel from roadside assistance in Wollongong at Roadside Response can assist you in making a selection if you are stranded along the road. Also, the Wollongong car batteries from Roadside Response can be fitted in less than 50 minutes, if you cannot start your car and require a battery replacement.
If you do need to replace your battery, you will also want to recycle the old battery. Have the technician dispose of the battery for you, if at all possible. It is also helpful to be aware of the reserve capacity of the battery you install. The reserve capacity measures how long a battery can supply power if you ever forget to turn off your headlights or if your charging system fails.
Another measurement of note is a CCA, or cold-cranking amps’ test. A CCA test shows the cold-climate performance of a battery. While you can have this test performed at a mechanic’s shop, you may be able to have a roadside technician perform the test too. If not, it is still good to know that you can have this assessment done at a future date.
It never hurts to obtain a basic knowledge about car batteries and how they work. If you ever become stranded, some knowledge about batteries can help you to better communicate with the technician. Read your owner’s manual so you get a more comprehensive understanding about the parts that are recommended for your car or truck.