Car Battery Basics

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When your engine isn’t running quite right or if you feel power leaving your car when turning it on, you may have a battery issue. Just like when a body is not being fed and it tires out, you need to ensure that your car battery is charged with the energy it needs to help run the vehicle. CarLife knows how important excellent service is for all your automotive repair needs. We are dedicated to helping the Scottsdale, Peoria, Glendale, and Mesa areas get the best car service possible. Batteries play a critical role in keeping your car running in tip top shape and, unfortunately, Arizona’s heat can take a toll on them. Let’s look at some of the basics of batteries.

A Few Basics

It helps to start off with the basics of knowing your battery and how it functions. For over a 100 years, the lead acid battery has been consistently used to power vehicles. The lead acid battery is made up of lead oxide, lead, plates, and has 35% sulfuric acid with 65% water solution. The solution is called electrolyte which creates a chemical reaction resulting in electrons. When testing a battery, you are looking for the amount of sulfuric acid that is in the electrolyte. If the acid is low, it means the reaction creating the electrons is lacking. At this point, the rest of the sulfur ends up resting on the plates of the battery so that, when it is recharged, the sulfur returns to electrolyte allowing your battery to run smoothly again.

Battery Lifespan


With the high energy output needed for vehicles these days, the battery lifespan of lead acid batteries has been decreasing. The average battery, however, can last from 6 months to 48 months. If you are maintaining your battery to what is required, your battery will have a longer life span. Some maintenance tips to improve your battery life include:
*Clean out the cable connections and tighten them since dirty and loose connections often cause battery issues.
*Check the fluid level of a serviceable battery. Ensure you are using distilled water for the best results.
*Prevent corrosion of the cables on top-post batteries by using silicon sealer for the post, petroleum jelly for the washer, and grease exposed cables at the end.
*Don’t overfill battery cells due to natural expansion with warmth.
To get the most out of your battery, maintaining it to its specific requirements is key. Taking care of your car is just like taking care of your body; you do certain things to ensure long life and health along the way.

Carlife knows what is best for your car and can help you care for your engine and battery. Come see us today.


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