BATTERIES:

04.02.2022

Many drivers don't know their battery is dead until their car starts. The last thing you want is a car that won't start due
to a dead battery. Many factors can cause your car to not start - a faulty battery, faulty alternator, or a worn starter
are just a few examples.

Almost all car batteries today are "maintenance free", AAA recommends having the battery checked by a mechanic every year
after 2 years of use if you live in a warm climate, and at 4 if you live in a cold climate Check the battery once a year
after age. Remember that regular and thorough battery maintenance can help extend battery life and keep the starting/charging
system running efficiently.

Average battery life is 3 to 5 years, but driving habits and exposure to extreme weather can shorten vehicle battery life.
Some cars will be self-driving for up to five or six years, while others will take two years before getting a new one.
Typically, your car needs a new battery after three to four years. However, it's good to know the signs that you need a new
battery, because no one wants a dead battery.

Keep in mind that you can skip battery maintenance if you make sure the mechanic does it during periodic maintenance, but
you will require to keep up with regular maintenance. Check with your dealer if you need to charge a new battery before using it.
Luckily, there are a few warning signs to indicate when the battery needs to be replaced.

Most batteries are at least 75% charged at the time of purchase and should start and drive fine. Most new cars and trucks
still have submerged lead-acid batteries, and most drivers can replace them.

Most cars and trucks use wet cell lead-acid batteries that contain LED plates separated by layers of material that slow down
the flow of ions between the plates. Automotive batteries that use lead and antimony plates require regular topping up with
clean water to compensate for water loss due to electrolysis and evaporation.

Lithium batteries have a higher energy density than lead acid, so they can meet the needs of vehicles with significantly less
weight (great for racing cars). AGM automotive batteries can withstand deep cycles or deep discharges without significant
charge, with less risk of long-term damage.

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