Batteries are something most people take for granted – until they start exploding in mobile phones or leaving motorists stranded in cars that won’t start!
With winter approaching and temperatures dropping, motoring breakdown services will be bracing themselves for the usual sharp rise in callouts due to faulty or dead batteries, but there are some simple steps vehicle owners can take to avoid falling into this trap:
The first thing to be aware of is that batteries only tend to last four to five years, so it is better to replace them after this point before they die completely.
Signs that a battery is on its last legs include:
• It takes more attempts than usual to start the car
• Lights are dimmer when the engine turns over
• Vehicle appears sluggish
• Warning light on the dashboard is illuminated
If the battery needs replacing, first check the receipt to see if it is still under guarantee (all batteries supplied and fitted by etyres come with a three year guarantee), if so it can be returned to where it was purchased for replacement.
To improve the life expectancy of a battery ensure the cables are kept clean and the terminals are not cracked or broken, they should fit snugly with no loose connections.
Also check the battery fluid by uncovering the refill hole and if the level is below the bottom of the cap, refill with distilled water.
etyres supply and fit a wide range of batteries to suit all budgets and the price quoted always includes its mobile fitting service, disposal of the old battery, a three year battery guarantee and VAT.
Denna Bowman, Head Office