Batteries have become a necessity in the modern world, especially rechargeable ones like automobile batteries. Car batteries are usually the lead-acid type, which is made up of plates, lead and lead oxide, submerged sulphuric acid, and some water solution. It is an integral part of your vehicle because it used to start the car and to power all the electrical systems in it. Even though the engine constantly recharges its battery, it will get exhausted over time and you will need to buy a new one to replace it.
Know the following when buying a car battery online:
A. Types of car battery
There are different types and versions of battery for every vehicle. Knowing what type and size of battery a vehicle uses is essential for owners. A starting/cranking type battery is designed to have a quick or instant energy burst to start a car engine. It is known as SLI (starting, lighting, and ignition) for starting your car’s motor, lights, and engine. A deep/marine is something with a less quick instant energy burst and will deliver energy to vehicle less instantaneously. The SLI and deep/marine battery are versions of wet cell flooded battery, which is a kind of lead-acid battery used primarily for vehicular use. It is something that requires routine check-ups and maintenance or it can also be maintenance-free.
The valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery is kind of like lead-acid battery used in small spaces without ventilation but doesn’t leak and therefore is considered the safest wet cell battery. It is more expensive than flooded battery. It has two versions: either absorbed glass mat (AGM) or gel. The AGM battery is similar to the wet cell battery but is less expensive and has a slower self-discharge rate than the gel VRLA battery.
B. Right size (Group size)
The battery should fit securely to your car’s battery tray. There are different group sizes for different car models.
Size 24/2F – for most sedan-type cars like that of Nissan, Toyota, and Honda
Size 34 – for Chrysler cars
Size 35 – for Toyota, Nissan, and the latest Honda models
Size 65 – for Lincoln, Mercury cars, and the big-bodied Ford models
Size 75 – for general motor compact cars
Size 34/78 – for those with two sets of terminals. This can fit some general motor cars and Chrysler vehicles.
An incorrect size of battery can damage your precious car. Better check your car’s manual to avoid any mistake.
C. Age – Batteries are considered “fresh” if they were manufactured just within three months. So, better grab the one with the latest date. You’ll find the manufacturing date on the battery case. It usually starts with a letter and then numbers. The letter refers to what month and the digits refers to what year.
Here’s a quick guide: A=January, B=February, and so on. 9=1999, 2007=7, and so on.
D. Brand – Most car parts, especially a battery, can be quite expensive, but since it is the life of your vehicle, you better not go cheap on it. It would be best to carefully search around for a quality yet affordable brand. The cheapest or the leading brand may have their own flaws, so better not rush it.
E. Cold-cranking amps – If you live in a tropical country you wouldn’t have to worry about your car’s CCA, but if you are in a place with cold weather, this is an important factor to look for in a battery. The CCA measures the capability of your vehicle to start in a very cold weather.
F. Reserve capacity – This is your battery’s standing power. It determines how long your vehicle or supply power can last should the fan belt or alternator fail.
Meyers Auto Parts now stocks inventory for ALL makes of vehicles. We have expanded to four locations throughout the valley, plus a fully-stocked warehouse, to meet your auto-repair needs. If you can not find what you need for your vehicle repairs, contact us at (702) 431-8000. We have world-wide sources available and we will gladly find your parts and special order them if needed.
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