A lot of car owners take their car battery for granted until one day their car fails to start. The battery, although separate from the car’s engine, is still a vital piece of equipment that is needed by the car for the car to operate effectively and so should receive as equal attention as the engine itself. The car battery is designed specifically to run all the electrics on the car and also to have enough power stored in it to start your car. As the battery uses up its charge, when the car is running, the alternator transfers power from the spinning engine back to the battery causing the battery to recharge, keeping it topped up even as it continues to run all the electrics in the car, lights, horn, wipers and windows plus of course any stereo or even DVD. This means that as long as the battery is good and the alternator is working, your battery should maintain enough charge to successfully start your car whenever you need it too. If though, your alternator is not working properly, your battery will not receive any new charge and will therefore run own, not having the power available to restart your car once you stop it. Generally though, your alternator will last longer than your battery as the usual life of a battery is only a couple of years. As a battery ages it is able to hold less and less charge and so after a couple of years it will probably be unable to hold enough charge to start your car. Every battery is different though but if you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for the maintenance of the battery, it will continue to be effective for the number of years stipulated by the manufacturer but, even if you have followed any maintenance schedule or your battery, if you want to avoid the inconvenience of not having your car start one day, you should change your battery at the prescribed time.
Buying a new battery does not have to be prohibitively expensive nor is it even necessary to call out a mechanic or take your car to a work shop to change it; you can buy it online at somewhere like best Car Batteries UK and then replace it yourself. If you are unfamiliar with how to replace the battery, the online retailer will be able to provide you with instructions online as to how to do it and it isn’t hard, even for a novice. In fact probably the hardest part about changing a car battery is ensuring that you get the correct replacement as it has to not only be able to fit in the space provided but must also have enough charge to be able to start the size of engine which your car has. Fortunately though, even that is made easy as the online retailer will provide you with a list of batteries that are compatible with your make of car, then you need merely decide on the brand you prefer.