Batteries

A mechanic in a Cincinnati, OH shop is holding a car battery above the motor bay.  

Vehicles are very complex and amazing pieces of machinery that rely on a large number of different parts and components working together in harmony. In order for a vehicle to achieve movement, these all need to be working proficiently. However, there are some parts that are more vital than others, which can render a car unmovable if they alone are inoperable. One of these vital parts is your car battery and is required for a number of different things, mainly turning the vehicle on.

The battery is primarily used by the vehicle’s starter, which activates the engine. Once the engine is on and running, the vehicle’s alternator is what produces power for the vehicle, and the battery naturally recharges itself. However, the battery can be used while the engine is off to operate components like the radio and lights. This drains the battery of power, and if used for too long without turning the engine on, the battery can lose all power, which would require the battery to be recharged.

Typically, a car battery should last you anywhere from 2-5 years depending on a wide variety of conditions such as use, climate, driving distances, etc. With so many different factors to consider, it can be difficult for the average car owner to know just how healthy their car battery is. Luckily, there are a few different tips and tricks that you can learn in order to maximize the life of your battery, and avoid a premature car battery replacement.

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