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Car batteries - what you need to know

Avoid the stress and expense of unexpected battery failure by ensuring that your car’s battery is in good working order.

The battery is a vital component of your car - it provides starting power for the engine and stabilises the voltage to keep the engine running smoothly. It also supplies power to your car’s electrical components and accessories including lights, fans and the radio when the engine is not running.

How long should my car battery last?

The service life of a car’s battery is typically 3 to 5 years. This is dependent on several factors, which include:
  • environmental conditions
  • driving habits
  • climate
  • use of powered accessories
When your car’s battery has reached three years of service, it is advisable to have it inspected at your local BestDrive store. Car battery testing is an integral part of general maintenance, even when there are no signs of an existing problem, as this can capture any issues before they cause a battery failure.
Old car battery that has experienced corrosion

What are the warning signs of car battery failure?

Battery failure is one of the most common causes of car breakdowns. The battery warning light in your car is a clear indicator that the battery is experiencing problems. There are other less noticeable factors that you should also be aware of, including:
  • your car takes longer to start than normal
  • battery may appear swollen due to exposure to excessive hot or cold temperatures
  • your car may experience problems starting
  • evidence of corrosion and stains around the battery terminals

Where can I have a free car battery test?

Always have your battery tested and replaced by a professional. People can often make the mistake of thinking that their car’s battery is dead when in fact it is flat. This may be caused by factors such as leaving lights on or having faulty voltage regulators.
Qualified mechanic testing car battery
The staff at your local BestDrive store can inspect and test your battery to assess its current condition. Our qualified technicians can advise you of an appropriate replacement car battery, should one be required, that will best meet your needs and budget.
Century Batteries is the preferred supplier for all BestDrive stores. As Australia’s oldest battery manufacturer, Century Batteries has a reputation for producing quality batteries specifically made for Australian driving conditions.
Correct car battery installation is essential when it comes to achieving the best performance, so please ensure that you have your battery installed by a professional. Call into your local BestDrive store where one of our qualified technicians can test or replace your car’s battery today.
BestDrive. You drive, we care.

25/11/2019

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