Batteries

                        

The battery brings your vehicle to life by providing a jolt of electricity to power the electrical components. A chemical reaction puts your vehicle in motion; the battery converts chemical energy into the electrical energy and powers your vehicle, delivering voltage to the starter. Batteries also keep the electric current steady which stabilizes the voltage and allows you to keep your vehicle running.

What can go wrong?

The life of a battery usually lasts between three to five years and as it becomes weaker over time; your vehicle ends up putting additional stress on healthy parts. The charging system and starter motor begin to malfunction because of the excessive voltage being used to compensate the lack of battery power.

What can you do?

Look for symptoms of a battery that has gone bad: when you attempt to start the vehicle and the engine is sluggish and takes longer than normal to start, there's an unsettling smell of rotten eggs around the battery or if the battery looks like it's swelling or bloating, which is caused by excessive heat. You can also check the four or five digit date code on the cover of your battery case by reading the letter and digit (letters are assigned for each month; A for January, B for February and so on and the number is for the year; 9 for 2009, 1 for 2011, etc.) to determine how much life your battery has left.