Batteries

In simple terms, a battery is an electrical storage device. Batteries do not make electricity - they simply store power until you are ready to use it. A battery check at Surefix Motoring can help to prevent premature battery failure.

 

When you turn the key to start your car, a battery supplies power to the starter motor and this turns the engine over. At the same time, power from the battery is supplied to the spark plugs, or glow plugs, in order to ignite the fuel and air mixture that has been compressed in the engine combustion cylinders.The battery power that’s used during the starting up process is then replaced by the alternator. This supplies the bulk of electrical current to your cars electrical systems and keeps your battery fully charged.

 

The battery strength, or cranking ampage, is generally affected by the amount of work it does and the conditions which it has to work in. Over the past few years, in-car technology has grown to include items such as air conditioning, digital music players and satellite navigation systems. All of these increase the demand on your car’s battery and charging system. Consequently, more frequent checks are recommended so that your car battery maintains its optimum working level – this can be done by Surefix Motoring.

 

Regular battery checks can help identify and prevent premature battery failure:

  • Avoid dirt, grease and potential electric shocks with a digital battery check.
  • Choose the experts for your digital battery check at Surefix Motoring centres.
  • A massive selection of batteries to fit cars and light commercial vehicles are in stock.

Most modern car batteries carry a performance indicator and are maintenance-free so there are generally no physical checks you can perform yourself apart from making sure that the terminal connections are tight and not corroded. You should take extra care when tightening the terminal connections. Over tightening can result in damage to the battery casing or lead posts and, ultimately, premature battery failure. Beware of crossing or connecting the positive and negative terminals as this can cause an electric shock, irreversible damage to the battery cells and, in extreme cases, an explosion.

 

Most modern car batteries carry a performance indicator and are maintenance-free so there are generally no physical checks you can perform yourself apart from making sure that the terminal connections are tight and not corroded. You should take extra care when tightening the terminal connections. Over tightening can result in damage to the battery casing or lead posts and, ultimately, premature battery failure. Beware of crossing or connecting the positive and negative terminals as this can cause an electric shock, irreversible damage to the battery cells and, in extreme cases, an explosion.

A vehicle should have a fully working battery

Your car battery is the only power source used for getting it started and faulty batteries are one of the main reasons for breakdown calls in the UK. Industry sources say that one out of ten vehicle batteries are poised to fail. So, it is important that you maintain your battery if you’re to avoid becoming a roadside breakdown statistic. Surefix Motoring has batteries for the largest selection of car and light commercial vehicles which are ready to fit should your battery fail.