Q: What is a Car Battery?

December 17, 2013 12:53 PM

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A car battery -- keep in mind that we're talking about a regular car battery, not the kind of battery that helps power an electric car or a hybrid, which is a different animal -- is a basic element of a functioning vehicle. Without a battery in good condition, your car may experience a variety of problems. Understanding how a battery works can help you diagnose issues your car is having as well as determine when your battery needs to be replaced.

If you drive a traditional car with a fuel-burning engine, your battery doesn't keep your car moving down the road. Instead, it sparks your engine to get it started and is responsible for running other components like your stereo, headlights and even your power steering. Just like batteries used in cameras and MP3 players, your car battery can eventually run out of stored energy or lose its ability to hold a charge. If it is drained of energy, you may be able to recharge it using a secondary power source. If you find your battery is continually losing its charge, however, you may need to replace it. A battery check is often included in other maintenance tasks, like a car tune-up or oil change, but if it?s not, ask for it.

A quality car battery is essential for reliable transportation. Investing in a reliable and trusted brand pays off, particularly when there is a warranty included. Installing a battery on a car that uses gasoline is fairly common and easy. Because of the readily accessible location of most car batteries, battery installation is a quick job for mechanics and something amateur car enthusiasts can handle without many problems. These batteries are often inexpensive, as well, making it easy to keep your car in tiptop condition.

Keeping your car in good running condition involves a bit of maintenance. Changing the oil, rotating the tires and checking your car battery for a healthy charge are just a few of the jobs you have as an owner. Paying attention to which materials you use will make a difference too. Purchasing a high-quality battery will ensure that you have fewer problems and need to replace your battery less often.

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