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- Can you test my car battery?
Yes, a Natrad technician can accurately test your car battery. Regular testing and inspection will help to maximise battery life. It’s important that the car battery is replaced when indicated, as the electrolyte levels in an end-of-life battery may be below the plates, which under certain conditions can lead to an internal explosion.
- How do I care for my car battery?
Ensure the battery top is clean, dry and free of dirt and grime. Inspect terminals, screws, clamps and cables for corrosion. If the battery is used seasonally, charge it fully before storing. Many batteries have a ‘state of charge’ indicator on the top of the battery that gives you an idea of the battery’s condition.
- Can I jump start my car if the car battery is flat?
If you’ve left the lights on in your car, the battery can go flat, which means your car won’t start. If you drive a pre-2000 model car, there’s less risk of jump-starting a car with a flat battery. However, a newer car can have multiple ECU’s. Jump-starting a new car could damage the ECU, and turn into a very expensive repair. If your battery is flat in a new car, it’s a better idea to call for roadside assistance.
- Why do car batteries fail?
Car batteries can fail from wear and tear. Over time, the metal grids can corrode and the active material is lost. High temperatures accelerate this process. Discharging the battery by leaving lights or other accessories on for extended periods also accelerates battery failure. Under-charging can occur with stop-start driving or short journeys. A faulty alternator can also lead to early battery failure.
If you aren’t sure about the current condition of your car battery, nip into Natrad to have it tested.
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