Are you required to change the car’s battery? In this article, we show you how to select the correct battery for your car and how to fit it.
Car breakdowns (or non starters) are most common due to having a flat battery. This is because, no matter how well you look after it, the time will eventually catch up with you. The battery is likely to have reached its end of useful life if your car stops starting or has problems. It is easy to change it, and you can do it yourself. However, you will need to be aware of the type of car’s battery.
It is easiest to refer to the vehicle’s manual and locate the model number. However, sometimes this information doesn’t appear. If this happens, the battery will be located under the car’s hood. Because there is more room, most manufacturers place the battery in the engine compartment. It can, however, be placed in the trunk, or under one of the seats on some models, especially if the vehicle is a minivan, van, or other small-sized vehicles.
You will first need to verify the voltage. You will get more energy if you increase the voltage. However, it is crucial that you don’t overload the electric system and cause irreparable damage. The battery for passenger cars is 12 V, while the one for heavy vehicles is 24.
Next, check the amperage. This is the capacity of your battery. It is measured in Amps per hour (Ah). This number is the maximum energy that the battery can store. It is typically located on the sides and/or the top of the battery. Higher capacity batteries are required for diesel cars and cars that have a start/stop system. However, the average value is between 40-110 Ah.
Cold start power is also recommended if you live in colder areas. This is the amount of current the battery can sustain for a specific time. It is usually 30 seconds at 12V. The starter motor’s power will be greater if this number is higher than it.
You must consider the dimensions of the battery, in addition to technical considerations. There are many models that have the same voltage and power, but different sizes. You may not be able fit a larger battery if you pick one that is too big. Don’t forget about measuring the old battery.
Final, verify the location of the terminals. Some batteries have the negative terminal on the right, while others have it on the left. European cars use the same binding. Asian models may have different types. It may seem minor, but the location of the terminals is crucial for cables to reach them. These terminals are often very short and will make it difficult for you to maneuver the battery if they are in the opposite direction.
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