Car and Van Batteries
The expert technicians at Tyre City can carry out a free battery check on your vehicle. We are readily equipped with the knowledge and expertise to inspect the charging rate and voltage output of your battery to establish its current health and whether it is likely to fail soon.
How Does a Car Battery Work?
When you start your car, the battery supplies power to the starter motor, which in turn enables the engine to start. At the same time, the vehicle’s spark plugs receive power from the battery to ignite the fuel and air in the engine combustion cylinders. The alternator then replaces this power to keep the battery charged.
Battery failure is the most common cause of vehicle breakdowns in the UK. Modern car batteries are under increasing strain from new technology, such as music players and satellite navigation systems. As a result of this, frequent battery checks are important to prevent battery failure.
Looking After Your Battery
The good news is, most modern car batteries are relatively maintenance free, and many models include a performance indicator which can help limit the number of checks you need to carry out yourself.
However, there are a number of things you can do to help maintain your car’s battery life.
Keep It Clean
If your car battery is dirty, it can weaken the charge. In turn, this can cause the battery to go flat. To avoid this problem, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of making sure the terminal connections are tight and free of debris.
However, it is important to be careful not to over tighten the cable as this can cause damage and even battery failure.
Give It A Chance To Recharge
Because of the high electrical demand in modern cars, it can take a surprisingly long time for the batteries to charge fully. To reduce the risk of a flat battery, it’s recommended that you drive your car at least every few days. Regular long journeys in your vehicle could double its battery life, but if this isn’t possible, you can use a battery trickle charger to help maintain its condition.
Switch Off All Electricals Before Setting Off Or Parking Up
Especially in cold weather, it’s also a good idea to make sure everything electrical in your car is switched off when you park it and before you start the engine. It also helps to dip the clutch when starting the engine. This takes some of the demand off the starter motor, which lightens the burden on the battery.
Book Your Free Battery Check With Tyre City
If you’re concerned about the condition of your vehicle’s battery, book a free car battery test with us. Simply bring your car to one of our many locations throughout the UK and an expert technician will carry out a thorough examination. We will then provide you with a full inspection report, advising you if any additional work is required.
Should you discover your vehicle needs a new car battery, we can help. At our Tyre City locations, we stock a wide range of car batteries to fit most vehicle models. So, if you need a car or van battery replacement, we should be able to help you there and then.
Even if we don’t have the model you need on the shelf, we can order one on your behalf using our car battery finder. Once it has been delivered to your local centre, our team will be able to book you in for a car battery replacement appointment at a date and time that suits you.
If you would like to discover more about our car battery checks, don’t hesitate to contact our team.