Car Battery! Everything you need to know…and more

When and Who invented the electric battery?

In 1800 hundreds Alessandro Volta laid the foundation of electrochemistry by the discovery of the decomposition of water by an electrical current.

Why does my car need a battery?

As one of the most important parts of any modern vehicle, your car’s battery manages a massive range of tasks and devices, from starting the engine to powering in-car computers.

Winnipeg extreme hot-cold conditions, driving habits and frequent short trips all affect battery life by drastically shortening it. While driving, your vehicles battery gets charged and loses charge at the same time. That’s why driving it for long hours can charge it in full.

Radio, headlights, interior lights, phone chargers, and such use power from your car’s battery to operate. Make sure you don’t use them when the engine is off.

When the engine is off, leaving your lights on can drain the battery. When this happens, it takes a huge chunk out of the battery’s lifespan. To avoid this, make it a habit to make sure everything is off before you exit the car.

Using these devices while the engine is idle also puts more wear and tear on the battery. Also, avoid using the air conditioner or radio if the engine isn’t on.

Some batteries need replacing more than others, but the highest quality units can last anywhere from 8-10 years.

Flat or damaged batteries are one of the top causes for roadside assistance calls, and a huge number of breakdowns occur because of batteries that are simply too old for the job they’re performing.

Ho do I know if my battery is in good condition?

In addition to changing your oil, replacing air filters and other general service tasks, taking care of your car’s battery is one of the most effective ways to ensure your car runs smoothly and without any problems.

Frank Motors will test your cars battery with every inspection and let you know if it needs to be replaced soon.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call us at 204-987-2461 or email us at service@frankmotors.ca