Vehicle batteries are something most motorists take for granted. Out of sight, out of mind – until the day they let you down…
Although battery technology has developed over the years, so too have the number of new facilities and gadgets today’s vehicles are equipped with. It is no longer just the lights and heater that suck the energy out of your battery. Now there are seat warmers, smartphone chargers, in-car entertainment systems, etc that also sap its resources. These new developments place hugely increased demands on our batteries. Some modern vehicles even require the battery to keep supplying energy when the engine is switched off.
Throw Stop-Start technology into the equation and it is clear our batteries need to work hard to keep up and allow us to stay safe and mobile on the roads.
Short distances prevent a full battery charge
Low charge is arguably one of the most common causes of car or van battery failure. What is happening here is that the battery life is deteriorating due to use. However, it never really gets the chance to properly charge itself, so it is becoming less efficient with every journey you make.
So heavy accessory power, added to driving short distances can equal poor performance, a shorter lifespan and less value for money from your battery.
How to get the most out of your battery
There are simple tactics you can employ to reverse this situation. Your battery is one of the most important components of your vehicle and although it can fail for a number of reasons, it is possible to reduce the risk of this happening to you.
It is impossible to predict when your battery is going to die. It could occur out of the blue because you left the lights on overnight; there is a slim chance it could be a factory defect or it could just be old age. Some of these you don’t have any control over. However, there are steps you can take to help achieve the maximum reliability, performance and longevity – not to mention value for money – from your battery.
A battery is not for life
Perhaps one of the most important facts to highlight is that batteries have a life expectancy of around three to five years. This is when they are used and cared for properly. Once they go beyond this, they are living on borrowed time and you are likely to start experiencing problems and unreliability.
It is also possible they can wear out within three years, especially if they are neglected, for example, if you accidentally leave your lights or radio on. If you are lucky, in this case, you will hopefully be able to get away with simply jump starting your vehicle and not need to replace the battery. However, once the vehicle is running you will have to drive around for a good 30 minutes in order to properly recharge the battery.
What to do if you suffer a dead battery
The real problem occurs when you turn the key in the ignition or press the start button and all you hear is silence or a clicking noise, rather than the sound of your engine starting. In this instance it is safe to assume your battery is completely dead and will need replacing.
etyres provide a nationwide mobile battery fittingservice, which takes the hassle out of getting a replacement, especially if yours has died and you can’t drive your vehicle to a garage. We come to you, wherever your car is stranded. It takes from just 15 minutes for our experienced technicians to remove an old battery and fit a replacement. A lot depends on the make and model of the vehicle and how accessible the battery is. Also the condition can affect the time it takes to remove the old battery and fit a new one. It takes longer if the surrounding and connecting parts are damaged or corroded.
We supply and fit a wide range of high quality battery brands to suit all vehicles and budgets. We work closely with Platinum International, the UK’s independent battery distributor.
The batteries we provide have been improved and developed to keep pace with new vehicle developments. For example, vehicles with Stop-Start technology require special batteries, which we can supply and fit.
How to avoid vehicle battery problems
As we have said, when your battery’s time is up, it’s up. If your battery is more than five-years-old you can expect it to start showing signs of struggling any time now.
However, there are steps you can take to help make your battery last as long as possible. They will also extend its functional lifespan beyond the expected five years.
Make sure you turn everything off before leaving your car. This is actually a good habit to get into for two reasons. First and foremost, you won’t come out to a flat battery because you left the interior lights on overnight. Also, it means when you start the ignition, all your battery’s power will be focused on delivering the charge to start the engine, not powering the radio, demisters, windscreen wipers, smartphone charger, etc, etc.
Remember, your battery recharges itself while the vehicle is on the move, not idling outside your home or work. It won’t fully charge itself during a short journey, so you need to bear this in mind.
Spotting the signs of vehicle battery problems
Ideally, you will spot the signs of a failing battery and we recommend you replace it quickly. If you wait you could end up literally stranded out in the cold when it dies completely.
One of the most obvious warning signs is that your headlights will be dimmer than usual. If they are dull when the vehicle is idling, but get brighter when you put your foot on the accelerator, this is your cue to act.
Car batteries are relatively inexpensive and it is better to invest in a replacement instead of getting stranded with a flat battery and dealing with the added hassle and inconvenience that brings.
If you suffer a vehicle battery problem, remember our mobile service takes a negative situation and adds a positive solution.
To place an order please call etyres on 01223 832 444. We will arrange to supply and fit your new battery as soon as possible. Our prices always include free fitting and environmentally-friendly disposal of your old battery. Plus all the batteries we supply and fit come with a three year guarantee.
Same and next day fitting is available in many areas, depending on stock and branch availability.