In one of our previous blog posts, we have discussed the most common signs that may occur when you need a new car battery. Today, we discuss key facts about the car battery to provide you with more information on this vital car component.

The lifespan of your car’s battery will vary, depending on how you use your vehicle, the amount of heat the battery is exposed to and the distances you drive it for. For example, only using your vehicle for short distances may mean that the battery doesn’t get to fully recharge.

Batteries Self-Discharge

There are many myths surrounding car batteries and their lifespan, however, it is important to note that car batteries can self-discharge when left in storage. Additionally, sulfation may occur when the state of charge is less than 100%. However, when maintained correctly, a car battery can last for up to five years.

The Effect of Start-Stop Technology

Many modern cars come with start-stop technology which is designed to automatically stop and restart the internal combustion engine. Although this technology is efficient on fuel consumption, they are more taxing on your car battery, meaning you may have to pay for a more sophisticated battery to work well with this technology.

What To Do With a Flat Battery

Should you need to replace a flat car battery, it is important to know what you should do with your old one. Car batteries contain sulphuric acid which can not only harm the environment but also have a detrimental effect on your health. Dead batteries can not just be put in an ordinary bin, they must be taken to a specific recycling centre or taken to a reputable scrap metal site.

Here at Griffin Autos, we have a dedicated body shop and a reliable team of trusted mechanics to carry out a wide range of services and repairs for your car. If you would like more information on our range of services, we welcome you to contact us. To make an appointment, please call 01525 402896.