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What is the best type of car battery to buy?

The best car battery to buy as a replacement will be determined by the type of driving you do. Another major consideration will be the the weather conditions and climate of where you live and work. By and large the biggest selling batteries are still the ‘wet’ style of batteries that have lead plates and demineralised water. These are available pretty much everywhere and are easy to buy. Our advice would be to spend a few dollars extra and get a battery with at least two years warranty. Another growing category of car batteries that is increasingly popular are Calcium... Read More

Should I pay more for a brand name car battery?

Buying a brand name battery for your car, as opposed to an off brand or generic model depends more on preference and brand loyalty. It is not necessary to go with a brand name for your car battery replacement since technology and manufacturing methods make most all car batteries on the market comparable in many respects. A lower cost off brand battery can do as much in terms of performance as a comparable, more expensive brand name model. Your chief consideration when purchasing a car battery should be cost, performance, the presence of any warranties, and how long it is... Read More

My car won’t start! How can I tell if my battery is flat/dead?

When your car will not start, the first place to look is at the car battery. A dead battery is probably the problem and getting it jumped by another motorist or placed on a charger may do the trick. Being able to tell whether or not your battery is dead will require you to do a little detective work. Place the key into the ignition tumbler (where the key is inserted) and turn to the starting position to crank the engine. If the ignition tumbler gives a tick-tick-ticking sound or the engine makes a series of inaudible roars, as if... Read More

How long are car batteries supposed to last?

With so many cheapo batteries coming from China this is a hard question to answer. Not that long ago you could easily expect a car battery to last at least 3 years. Now with the discounted nasties from Asia some are lucky to last 12 months. It really does come down to the old adage – you get what you pay for! In Australia you can expect to get a 3 year warranty when you spend around $120 to $150. Most of these batteries are made in Australia and are well worth the money if you are keeping the car.... Read More

How can I tell if my battery is getting charged by the car?

As soon as you start your car your alternator begins charging the battery. As you increase the speed of the engine, (the revs), the charge going to the battery increases. The charge to the battery increases even more when the car is driven over longer distances. In the event that the battery is low on charge and holding less than half of it’s capacity, there will most likely be issues getting the battery to remain charged even after you drive the car for a long time. If you notice that the car becomes harder to start you will need to... Read More

Do car batteries come with a warranty? If so how long?

Car batteries, like most other parts for your car, can come with a warranty. The types of warranties that are available vary depending on brand and type, whether a wet/flood, gel, calcium or lithium ion battery. A car battery warranty can be as long as 6 months and last as long as the life of the battery, which generally is no more than 6 years. If the length of a warranty is important to you, you should purchase the battery that gives you the longest protection. Understand also that some car battery manufacturers place limitations or restrictions on how the... Read More

Can I recharge my flat car battery?

You can recharge a flat car battery in a number of ways. It should be noted however that the best way to charge a flat battery if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself is to have the vehicle towed to a reputable repair shop. If you choose to proceed on your own, make sure that you feel confident and know what you are doing. The most common method is to purchase a car battery charger from an automotive parts store or retailer such as Sears. This will run you between $30 to $200. Follow the instructions on the... Read More

Can I jump start my car with jumper leads?

It is possible for you to start a car with a dead battery by using jumper cables. Many times this is the only method that may be available to you in order to get the vehicle started and for you to be able to drive it and take it to a repair shop for further inspection or replacement. Jumping a dead car battery by using jumper cables should be done with extreme care and caution in order to prevent an explosion or fire from happening. Because the battery is filled with sulfuric acid and other dangerous chemicals, the risk of... Read More

Can I fit it myself?

Most ‘handy’ adults will be able to fit a car battery themselves. It is not a physically demanding procedure and as long as you follow the rudiments you will be fine. Good technicians will make sure they wear protective gloves and some form of eye protection. While an unlikely occurrence, acid spills need to be guarded against. Likewise it is prudent to work in a well-ventilated area to ensure no toxic fumes are breathed in. With car in gear and NOT running remove the lead from the black side (negative) first followed by the lead on the red side (positive)... Read More