One of biggest vehicle breakdown reasons is due to car batteries failing. This can be a very expensive and very inconvenient as we rely so heavily on having our cars in working order.
Car batteries have to support so much more than they did previously, from charging phones to heated seats. While good for the environment, even Stop/Start batteries can cause the life of your battery to drain quicker.
The top causes for car battery failure are cold weather, age, corrosion and electronic drainage. There are a number of ways to ensure your battery will keep your car running smoothly.
Getting the most out of car batteries.
Fully charged car batteries should have a charge of 12.5 to 12.6 volts. Rising to 13.7 to 14.7 volts whilst driving. Volts can be checked when you get your vehicle serviced.
Ensure your car battery is clean. Dirty connections will weaken the battery and cause corrosion. This will shorten the life span and cause your to spend money on a new battery.
Ensuring all of your accessories and electronic devices are unplugged and switched off once you have exited your vehicle will help stop your car battery from draining unnecessarily. When cold weather hits and temperatures drop your car battery requires more power for the engine to start.
Your car battery will charge whilst you are driving. If you are only doing short journeys or leave you car idle for weeks at a time, the car battery is not able to charge. Ensure you run your car out regularly to charge your battery.
Buying your new car battery can be daunting. Hundreds of different makes and models means choosing the right battery for your car is no simple task. However, shopping for a battery at the RAC Shop couldn’t be easier, simply enter your reg and batteries that fit your vehicle will be displayed, with home delivery or mobile fitting options.
The RAC have been fixing cars at the roadside for over 120 years, they also provide a mobile battery fitting service. Visit the RAC Shop today to find the perfect battery for your vehicle.
They provide a huge range of batteries, from EFB and AGM to leisure batteries supplied from top brands such as Varta, Bosch & Exide, many of which come with a 3 year guarantee.Find a battery at RAC Shop
You can easily find the right car battery by using the vehicle registration lookup through the RAC Shop.
The average lifespan is around 4 -6 years.
If your vehicle has a slow engine start, dim lights, corroded connectors, foul smells, electrical issues.
The RAC Shop can provided fitted batteries or a home delivery service for you to self fit.
The RAC Shop can provide top branded car batteries at low affordable prices.
*Same day garage fitting is only available on specific tyres in certain locations. Please enter your postcode on the select tyre page to see if tyres are available for same day fitting.
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