There are a lot of different car batteries out there, so it’s important to know what you should look for in a battery and how to choose one within your budget range. Not all car batteries are created equal, but you can get the perfect battery for your vehicle as long as you know what to look for in terms of technology and specific qualities.
Before finding a car battery replacement, you should check to see if your current battery needs replacing at all. What seems like a dead battery could be the result of a bad alternator or even corrosion on the battery posts.
Our team will help you all the way. We stock Kwik-Fit and Willard replacement car batteries in a full range of sizes.
If you notice a slow, dragging start has suddenly begun, get your battery tested as soon as possible and don’t ignore it. Eventually, the car will not start. However, when temperatures drop below 20 degrees in winter, the car’s starting will slow down.
Your lights work, the radio works, but you get a click or buzz once you hit the key. When the battery is low, it cannot deliver that power but often can still supply enough power for lights or accessories, that don’t require as much amperage.
Don’t mistake it for a minor inconvenience with no music! When the ignition is in the ON position, the battery will run the radio, wipers, and headlights, among other electronic devices. If these flicker or dim before starting, your battery charge is weak.
If you have a bloated battery, the alternator has a faulty voltage regulator and has over charged the battery. This over charging of the battery is caused by a buildup of hydrogen gases faster than the battery can dissipate. Damage to the battery has already been done and cannot be reversed.
This is a warning sign that your battery is ready to fail, if it hasn’t already. Usually, a battery has no smell, by design. If you smell rotten eggs, this means that your battery has vented gas. Kwik-Fit recommend replacing the battery quickly.
The average life span of a car battery is typically between four to six years, but high temperatures in Zambia can also affect the lifespan. At around the four-year mark, you should pay more attention to it. Have our technician check to see how much charge it has.
The check engine light flashes or stays on constantly. Generally, this light identifies serious problems in your engine that will require costly maintenance. But you may get lucky and discover that it’s only your car battery that needs replacement.
If you encounter this issue, there are a multitude of things that could be wrong, but doing a simple battery check is the first and easiest place to start. When a battery fails, it can cause interruptions to the constant signals it sends to the ECU. If the battery has been able to start the car, the sensors controlling engine idle, speed, and fuel may have already lost signal, and the car immediately dies.
The table below from Willard Batteries will help you find the battery you need for your vehicle without getting your hands dirty! There are usually alternatives available, so always refer to the manufacturers guidelines and call our team for a quotation.
Enter your vehicle manufacture or model name in the search box, check the year, and see what’s available.
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