Car Battery and Terminals Replacement
The car battery supplies the burst of electricity needed for the car to start. When you turn the key in the ignition, it sends a signal to the battery, which then springs to life and gets the whole engine going. Once the engine is running, the alternator will kick in, recharging the battery and supplying plenty of electricity for the engine to run on. None of these inner workings of the engine would be possible without that initial jolt from the battery.
Modern car batteries are virtually maintenance free, but will last only two to three years. The amount of time a battery can be expected to last will change depending on driving habits, and exposure to extreme elements. When a battery does fail, it often does so without warning, leaving the driver stranded wherever they are. It is not possible to repair, refill or recharge a car battery, so when it dies it must be replaced completely.
Testing and replacing a car battery is a simple process that usually takes less than an hour to complete. It is a good idea to replace the battery every two to three years, whether there seems to be a problem or not, since you want to make sure you don’t wait too long and get stuck with a worn out battery.
To stay ahead of surprise failure, the battery will be tested during regular car service. If it has been awhile since your last service, or if you suspect there is a problem with your car battery, you should bring it in for testing as soon as possible.
Warning Signs that it is Time for a New Car Battery
- The battery warning light comes on.
- The engine won’t start at all.
- A slow or long cranking time before the engine starts.
- The engine cranks, but won’t turn over.
- The battery is leaking or swelling in the casing.
- There is a rotten egg smell.
If you notice any of these warning signs, it likely means that your car battery is failing and is in need of replacement. It is important to take care of the problem immediately to avoid getting stranded somewhere when the battery fails completely.
Simply bring your car into the auto centre, or call Springwood Complete Automotive Services on 07 3209 1333 to arrange for testing. We offer free battery testing at the workshop, and will be able to tell you quickly whether you need a new battery, and what your costs will be.