July 27, 2023
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Car Battery Replacement: The Basics to Keeping Your Vehicle Powered

Is your car showing signs of a failing battery? A functioning and charged battery is pivotal to the health and proper functioning of your vehicle. If your battery is running low on power, it might start to show signs of weakness, like difficulty starting, dim or flickering lights (on your dash or taillights and headlights), or your car not holding a charge for long periods of time. This slow engine crank along with any of these telltale signs suggest that your vehicle’s battery should be replaced. Curbee can help – our free no-obligation quote tailored specifically for your vehicle will provide you with an estimate for the services you need, and we can book an appointment to complete your services, including professional car battery replacement at your convenience. 

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Continue reading to learn more about the specifics of how to tell if your battery needs to be replaced, which battery is compatible with your vehicle, and some expert tips on how to care for your car battery. 

Signs of a failing battery

A car battery is a vital component of a car’s electrical system. When you turn your ignition on, power is sent from the battery to the starter motor, which initiates the combustion process that starts the engine. While the engine is running, the alternator generates electrical energy that is sent to the accessories of your car’s electrical system (lights, AC, radio, etc.), while simultaneously charging the battery as you drive. When your battery starts to run low on electrical energy, it affects multiple aspects of your car’s performance, particularly its starting ability.

Because of the role a car battery plays in starting the engine, a slow engine crank or difficulty starting your vehicle is an indication that your battery is running low. Similarly, if your car frequently requires a jump-start, this means that your car battery lacks the charge necessary to start the engine as it normally does. This may be due to an aging battery, problems with your electrical charging system (often the alternator), or electrical components of your vehicle draining the battery (lights left on overnight). If you have to jump-start your car multiple times within a short period of time, get your car battery and electrical system checked out - there is likely an issue that needs to be addressed to ensure the health of your vehicle and prevent further damage.

Electrical issues or malfunctions are also signals that your car battery lacks sufficient charge. If you notice that your headlights or tail lights are dimmer than usual, or the lights on your dashboard are losing life, your battery likely does not have the charge necessary to power these components fully. Other electrical issues include problems with your air conditioning or stereo systems. 

If you are starting to notice difficulties starting your vehicle, a need to frequently jump-start your engine, or any of the above electrical problems, do not hesitate to get your car battery checked out. Make use of Curbee’s free no-obligation quote to further understand the issues your car may be facing, and to get an accurate estimate for your services. 

Choosing the right battery for your vehicle

Once you have investigated the signs of battery failure, you will likely be looking into purchasing a new battery for your vehicle. Be aware that not all car batteries are made equal. Choosing the correct battery for your particular make and model is essential to its correct functioning. 

There are particular specifications for each vehicle that will help you to find out which battery is right for your car. The easiest way to find these specifications is to consult your owner’s manual (either your physical copy or online). You can also look for a sticker on the battery tray or hood that includes information about the battery’s type, group size, and specifications. 

Car batteries are distinguished by their type, group size, CCA Rating, reserve capacity, and overall quality and warranty. 

Battery type

The two types of car batteries are conventional and maintenance free. Conventional (flooded) batteries require periodic maintenance, like adding and replacing distilled water to ensure proper functioning, while maintenance-free (sealed) batteries are designed to not require periodic maintenance. 

Group size

The group size of a car battery refers to its physical dimensions. A battery of the wrong group size for a particular vehicle may not fit in the battery tray, so this is an important element to consider. Generally, group size is indicated through a code that looks like “Group 24” or “Group 34” depending on its dimensions. 

CCA Rating

The Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) Rating involves how well the battery performs in cold temperatures. Higher CCA’s are compatible with colder temperature climates. Ensure that the battery you are considering purchasing matches with your manufacturer’s recommendations for your particular climate. 

Reserve Capacity

The Reserve Capacity (RC) deals with the battery’s ability to start the engine and provide electrical power to your car’s systems in the case of alternator failure. A higher reserve capacity indicates more stored or reserved power in the case that your alternator fails. 

Overall quality and warranty

Lastly, it is valuable to pay attention to which brand you are purchasing a battery from – ensure that the brand is reputable and has positive reviews. Generally, batteries with higher warranty periods are indicative of better quality performance and battery efficiency over long periods of time.

Where should I purchase a new car battery?

It is necessary to keep in mind that different manufacturers produce different quality batteries. With that being said, there are a few different options as to where you might be able to purchase a new battery.

Curbee: Through Curbee’s booking service you can confirm your vehicle details and arrange a battery replacement at your convenience. We’ll provide you with a free no-obligation quote, and you can select a time that works for you.

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Automotive Retailers or Service Companies: Visiting an auto shop or talking with an auto-care company with multiple battery options as well as expert advice is the next best way to secure a new car battery while ensuring you are doing the best thing for your vehicle.

Online Retailers: Many online retailers have countless options for car batteries, with customer reviews that can help you to narrow down the best fit for your car.

Dealerships: Contacting your car’s dealership is a way to reliably find a battery that is likely specifically suited for your vehicle’s make and model.

Curbee’s Car Battery Replacement Service

As an auto-care company that comes to you, Curbee is the most convenient and long term cost-effective method of replacing your battery. With expert technicians to offer advice regarding which battery is best for your vehicle’s specifications and to perform the quick and easy car battery replacement service for you, your vehicle will be back at full health in no time. 

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