January 12, 2017

Understanding the basics of car batteries isn’t difficult, however, it’s one area of the car that people tend to know very little about. Obviously, it’s an essential component of the car, and without it, you’re going nowhere. We’ve put together this short article to try and help you get an overall look at how car batteries work and why they’re so important.

Types of Car Batteries

Did you know there are different types of car batteries, and they come in different sizes? Do you know which type is in your vehicle? There are a few different types available to you, such as a starting battery, deep cycle battery, a lead acid battery, or a dual purpose battery. If you would like to know which type of car battery you have, check out the car’s manual or ask your mechanic the next time you pop in for a WoF.

Be careful!

If you want to go a bit deeper and actually start fiddling about with your battery, be sure you are using the right protective gear. And it’s not because you might get an electric shock, but because the real danger with car batteries is the sulphuric acid contained within. This is a highly dangerous chemical which is corrosive and can cause severe burns if it comes into contact with your skin.

Looking after car batteries

Surprisingly, you can easily clean car batteries at home! Simply dissolve a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in a litre of water and use this solution to clean the jumpers that connect to the battery. Just make sure you disconnect the cables using a wrench, and then after you’ve finished cleaning the jumpers, tighten it back up using the same wrench. Oftentimes, due to maybe a loose or dirty connection, car batteries don’t start or will have trouble starting. A good clean now and again won’t hurt!

 

Remember, batteries should be used regularly to stop them dying on you. If you need yours checked, then pop in and see us!