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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 it were trying to start, the battery is probably dead or near death. As a secondary check, turn on your headlights and see if they are illuminating; if the lights are dim or do not come on when you engage the light switch, the battery is the problem.

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 get a battery load tester. Either a load tester or a multi meter connected to the lead battery posts will tell you the amount of charge going to the battery. Perhaps you may need to contact batterymangoldcoast.com.au to come and test your battery for you.

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 charger and make sure that the vehicle is in a properly ventilated place, in order to allow the release of any gasses from amassing and causing a fire or explosion.

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 burns or even death is present so follow the steps outlined in the owner’s manual of your vehicle to make sure that you take every safety precaution.

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 batteries. But in older cars you need to be a little careful as Calcium batteries can be damaged if they get a spike in charge from the alternator, or they get over charged. A newer segment of car batteries are the valve regulated or gel batteries. These type are very good. Very powerful and are a good choice for newer more expensive cars. If you do a lot of stop starting then you should consider a deep cycle battery. Deep cycle batteries can last a lot longer than the every day lead acid batteries. Of course if you drive an expensive luxury car you will want to be matching the quality of your car with the very new, and very good Lithium Ion range of batteries.

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) and then lift the battery out. Even though a car battery looks pretty harmless it is very important to be respectful of the fact that it contains highly corrosive acid. You can then reconnect the leads in the opposite order. Connect the red one first, followed by the black one last. If not done properly, your electronic components may not work. SO BE VERY CAREFUL.

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. Something to be aware of is car batteries last less time in colder climates. As a rule of thumb you can take off about 6 months for every 5 degrees colder your suburb is in Winter.

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 battery is installed and if not installed properly, the battery’s warranty can become invalid.

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 expected to last.

Roadside Battery Replacement

Your car won’t start and you’re left stranded and feeling a little helpless. If this was a movie or a comic book, there’d be a hero on their way to save the day right now. But unfortunately this isn’t a movie, this is real life and superheroes just don’t exist like they do in the world of fiction… Or do they? If it’s a roadside battery replacement you’re in need of then you’re actually in luck because Battery Man is just a quick call away. Who is Battery Man you ask? Well, Battery Man is a real life hero whom you can depend on when your car is struggling for its life. He may not have any super powers but that won’t stop him coming straight to your rescue with all of the charm, technical know-how and lovable nature of Tony Stark himself. In a dire situation like this, the first thing you need to do is to determine if the car battery is actually the problem. Luckily you don’t have to be an expert detective to figure this out, just insert the key into the ignition tumbler and switch it to the starting position to give the engine a crank. If you hear a ticking noise or several little roars that sound like your car is in pain (think waking up the morning after a night out to discover you’re extremely hung-over and somehow last night spent over $500 on drinks), then your battery is probably dead or in the least on its deathbed. As a secondary check, you can turn on your headlights and see if they are beaming out brightly into the world (like a groom’s eyes whilst watching his bride walk down the aisle). If the lights are dim or do not come on at all when you engage the light switch, then the car battery is the problem. But now that you know what is wrong with your car, you can call for your very own superhero to come save you. Not only will Battery Man speed to the rescue, but he’ll also ward off any pretenders to the heroic title by beating any other quoted price! That means he’s helping you keep a few extra bucks in your wallet so you can buy yourself a drink or two when everything is fixed up; car problems can be stressful and saving you even a little money so you can relieve that little bit of extra stress is something Battery Man prides himself in. So next time you’re stranded with a dead car battery, just call 1300 359 611 for Battery Man to come straight to you and show you why he’s the leading hero in roadside battery replacement.

Jet Ski Batteries

Today we talk about jet-ski batteries. It is no mystery that if you want to ride your high-performance machine, you need one! No matter how sweet, sleek, or powerful your ride is, it’s not going anywhere without a jet-ski battery. But not any old jet-ski battery will do, you see: you’ll need one that will last without breaking the bank. If quality and affordability are what you want, look no further! We got you covered! When you’re out having fun on the water, you want a jet-ski battery that will keep going as long as you can! For that very reason, you need something strong and reliable, with a strong charge that will last. We have just the jet-ski batteries you are looking for, and at the reasonable prices you are looking for to boot! Don’t settle for those over-priced, under-juiced jet-ski batteries that will drain as fast as your wallet will when you go to those other guys. When you come to us, you’ll get a product that lasts a long time and for a price you won’t find anywhere else! You have our word! All of our high-quality products and services are truly affordable, reliable, and meant to serve you and your thrilling high-speed lifestyle. When it’s time for you to have some fast, safe fun, you know you can depend on our jet-ski batteries that can keep you out on the water all day! Don’t be left on land this season. Wouldn’t you rather be out on the water? Of course you would! We understand that, and that is why we are here. Whether you are a casual outer or hardcore enthusiast, you can come to us for all your jet-ski battery needs! So what are you waiting for? Don’t hesitate to give us a call and our professional staff will gladly serve you for all your jet-ski battery needs!