Proper care and staying on top of the maintenance routine can prolong the life of your car battery, but you will eventually need to replace it. Pay close attention, and you will notice the signs of your battery dying, which should help you find a replacement early enough and avoid the hassle of last-minute shopping.
As you are finding a replacement car battery, here are among some of the pointers to help you.
Consult Owner's Manual
It is not enough to know the type of car battery on which your car runs. You need to get crucial details such as the size and the type or location of the terminals right. You can find both details in your owner's manual.
The size of the car battery will depend primarily on your car's power requirements, and finding the right fit regarding terminal location will ensure you have no trouble fitting the battery cables in the right place.
Talk to an Expert
You may not understand much of the jargon relating to your car's power requirement, but your mechanic does and can give you professional advice. The mechanic can assess the right amount of Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) to suit your local weather conditions. Buying a car battery that adequately meets your car's power requirement guarantees that you won't have to repeatedly crank the car before it can start.
Similarly, you can talk to your mechanic about your driving habits, which plays a part in determining the best choice of car battery for you. Some batteries are better suited for cars that are frequently in use, with constant starts-and-stops, while others do best where the car usage is not as much.
Stick to Fresh Batteries
A car battery that has been sitting on the shelf a couple of months may come with a reduced price tag. Be smart enough not to be tempted by the lower price since such a battery is more than likely to die sooner than a fresh one.
When shopping around, check the date stamp on the car battery. The code is usually on the battery's top cover, but if you cannot find it, or are having trouble reading or interpreting the code, be sure to ask for assistance.
Get the right car battery, and you can look forward to optimal function and long service. As outlined, your owner's manual, input from a mechanic and some attention to detail on your part will help you get the right fit.
If you have additional questions, reach out to a local car service.