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  • Open Icon Close Icon Which battery is right for my vehicle?

      Replacement batteries should be the right size and design for your car to ensure the power supply is right. Before you go out and purchase a new one, make sure to consult the owner’s manual to determine the specifications for what battery fits best with your vehicle.

  • Open Icon Close Icon How does a battery work?

      A battery is a device that stores chemical energy and converts it to electrical energy. When two unlike materials such as the positive and negative plates (the electrodes) are immersed in an electrolyte (such as a solution of sulfuric acid and water) voltage is developed. The voltage developed depends on the types of materials used for electrodes and on the electrolyte used. Electrical current is produced by the chemical reaction between the electrodes and the electrolyte when there is a complete circuit between the positive and negative terminals. The chemical reactions in a battery involve the flow of electrons from one material (electrode) to another, through an external circuit. The flow of electrons provides an electric current that can be used to do work.

  • Open Icon Close Icon Do I always need the highest CCA ratings batteries for my vehicle?

      No. Optimized power is not always reflected by CCA ratings. A CCA rating measures cranking over a 30 second period. Premium batteries should deliver the right balance of life, power, and durability – not just starting power.

  • Open Icon Close Icon What is a cycle life?

      Discharging and charging CYCLE is a single occurrence when energy is taken out of the battery and then put back in. CYCLE LIFE is the ability of the battery to do that repeatedly and continue to deliver reliable performance. A battery that has extended LIFE could simply mean it survives longer than average in a typical automotive application in an average climate. In the real world, actual battery life is highly variable and unpredictable. The stresses on a battery differ by climate, vehicle differences, user habits and the road condition. A battery may last a long time under ideal conditions but fail with only minimal abuse.

  • Open Icon Close Icon How can I maximize my battery performance in my vehicle?

      When installing your new battery, it is wise to check related components. Follow all safety instructions when handling batteries and do not attempt the following vehicle maintenance without training or proper instructions:

    • Check cables
    • Clean corrosion off battery cables, and trays
    • Keep battery top clean, dry and free of dirt
    • Verify voltage regulator and alternator output meet proper specifications
    • Repair shorts (any load that is on when it should be off) in electrical system
    • If a load is left on and battery becomes discharged, recharge promptly
    • Tighten cables properly and always secure the battery properly
    • Maintain the battery electrolyte level at specified level (Conventional batteries)
    • Do not keep your battery at discharge condition for long periods of time

  • Open Icon Close Icon What are some common causes of automotive battery failure?

      A common cause of battery failure is as follows

    • Draining the battery to a very low state-of-charge can do permanent capacity damage.
    • Accidental power drains (like leaving your headlights on) discharge the battery to the point that it doesn’t have enough power to start the vehicle.
    • Putting the wrong battery in the wrong application.
    • If the battery’s dimensions don’t align with the vehicle’s recommendations, it might not have a good fit and suffer damage from vibration or clearance issues.
    • Higher temperatures also have a detrimental effect on battery life.

  • Open Icon Close Icon What can cause a new battery to fail soon after installation?

      If a new battery becomes unserviceable within a few days or weeks after its installation, it may be due one or more of the following reasons:

    • A faulty charging system.
    • A short circuit in the electrical system.
    • Battery terminals are dirty or not properly connected.
    • Excessive ignition off drains or high parasitic drains.
    • Electrical capacity of the battery is insufficient to cater to the size of the vehicle.
    • The battery has been inadequately activated, dissipating its strength from the outset.
    • Battery at a low state-of-charge for long periods of time. Batteries will self-discharge if not used.

  • Open Icon Close Icon How do you store the battery when the vehicle is not in use?

      If the vehicle is in storage or used infrequently, disconnect the battery cable to eliminate drain from electrical equipment. Charge the battery every two weeks.

      For extended storage, remove the battery from the vehicle and charge to 100%. Charge the battery every month if stored at temperatures below 60° F. If stored in a warm area (above 60° F), charge every two weeks. Make sure batteries are stored out of reach of children.

Components of a Typical Lead Acid Battery