Most of you that are reading this probably already know much about car batteries, how to tell if it’s time to replace one, and even how to replace it. It’s likely, though, that a few of you that stumble upon this blog post don’t know the first thing about car batteries, and this post is really for you, even though the rest of you may enjoy the refresher course.
For most people, a dead batteries is the only sign of a battery issue, but you want to make sure you are keeping your battery maintained with proper maintenance, and don’t just wait until it’s dead to do something about it.
How Do You Know Your Battery Is On It’s Last Leg?
If you have a newer car your battery is probably fine, and if there is something wrong with it that could be the sign of an underlying issues. Think of the battery as the heart of your car, if it’s not working properly your car could die.
One thing you can do to stay up on battery health is to get an electronic battery tester. It’s pretty likely this would be an item you’d only think to purchase after you start having issues, and if you aren’t car savvy you can always take it into a shop and have the battery checked out.
If you spend most of your time having your car jump started then you know that it’s definitely time for a new battery. According to Sydney Battery, the steps to determining battery issues include testing the battery, cleaning the holding bay, and even checking the battery system, and for power leakage.
Tips For Finding The Right Battery
If you have determined that your vehicle battery needs to be replaced your first step is to figure out what type of battery you need. The best way to do this is to get under the hood and take a look at the info on your battery. If you’re getting it done at a shop they’ll deal with all of these issues.
If your battery is completely dead you can just pull it and take it with you to the store to ensure you find the right replacement. Otherwise write down the info, and even call the store ahead of time to make sure they have the battery you need in stock.
Cost matters. A cheap battery may seem like a good deal, but remember, you get what you pay for.
How To Dispose Of Your Old Battery
Recycle. You need to recycle that battery, don’t just throw it in the trash or you could be hurting the environment. Some retailers will take your old battery back and dispose of it properly for you, and they may even charge you extra to get you to bring that battery in, and then refund that charge when you follow through.
If not, contact your local waste management or recycling facility for advice. Be proactive and you’ll not only have a running vehicle, but you can feel good about not adding to the neglect of the environment.