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Old 12-22-2010, 03:18 AM   #1
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When to swap out your car battery

When there is a lack of a sound when beginning your car, it’s a sound most people dread. To hear just a click-click-click whenever you turn the ignition is very frustrating. That sound could just mean you need a jump – but it could also mean your battery is quite much dead. Replacing your battery regularly can help you cut down on the likelihood of an unfortunate stranded moment.




How a car battery works



The essential essence of a car battery is the same. Chemical energy is created when diluted sulfuric acid runs across and around lead plates. Call on the battery for power, and it puts out electrical energy by running the acid over the lead. Eventually, the lead plates run out of charge, and they must be recharged before they could be used again. Eventually, the parts of the battery wear out.



Timing the replacement of the battery



Depending on the kind of conditions you use your car battery under, you can have to replace it as often as every two years. Most batteries, under average driving load, will last up to six years. Rough treatment of your battery could include things like:







Driving or storing your battery in extreme cold (like hard winters)



Not refilling the battery with distilled water regularly



Using add-on systems that take a lot of power



Jump-starting others’ cars on a regular basis






Any maintenance shop should be able to test the battery for you. If you are certain that the alternator and belts that charge the battery are good, and it tests with low charge, it is time to replace it.



Recycling your old car battery



An old, used-up car battery can still be useful. Never throw away a car battery – it can really damage the environment. Take the battery to a recycling center. A recycled battery would be worth a few dollars .
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