Many of the questions people are asking online pertain to replacing vehicle components. Recently we posted on wheel repair, knowing when you need a wheel repair and where to go to get one.
Similarly, customers often ask about replacing their car batteries. Winter is a time of year when above all, you want your battery to be strong and healthy so your car starts in those frigid winter temperatures.
What is the best car battery Calgary offers? Below is a post on car batteries in Calgary; knowing what to look for when considering replacing your battery, and knowing where to go to buy one.
Signs you need to replace your car battery
There are many signs to look for that indicates it is time to replace your battery.
Firstly, and most obviously, if your car battery is dead it may need to be replaced. To ensure your vehicle isn’t experiencing a deeper problem with the electrical components, like a weak alternator, have your car battery strength tested at an automotive shop.
This should be a part of routine vehicle maintenance, so ask to have it done next time you take your car in for an oil change.
Other signs your battery may need to be replaced include:
Age: a typical, well maintained, battery can last four or five years. Any older and it may be time for a new one.
Driving habits: if your vehicle is left sitting for long periods of time the battery can wear down. Also, repetitive short trips can also zap the battery life.
Appearance: corrosion or staining on the battery can indicate a leak. Look for build-up around the terminals. Safely clean build-up around terminals to improve the connection, (gloves recommended).
Odor: if an odor is apparent it may also be time to replace your battery, a sulphur smell or burning smell specifically.
Types of car batteries
Once you have determined that your battery needs to be replaced, how do you know what kind of battery to buy?
There are many on the market to choose from. Here are some tips on how to select one.
Manufacturer’s date: check to see when the battery was made. The more recent the better as it will extend the usable life of the battery.
Typically batteries should be purchased within six months of the manufacturer’s date.
Group size: this is a measurement indicating the placement of the battery terminals. Make sure the one you buy matches the one you currently have. Often car batteries will be grouped in the year, make and model of vehicle, making it easy to identify which battery will work for your car.
Cold cranking amps (CCA): CCA measures the temperature at which the battery will start. This is an especially important consideration for Calgary’s climate.
The higher the CCA, the better the battery can start in colder climates. This measurement will often be located on the battery sticker. As a benchmark a 700 CCA rating measures a battery’s ability to start at 0oF which is -17oC. Smaller vehicles take less energy to start than larger vehicles.
Reserve capacity: You may need to ask a technician or salesperson to find this number when purchasing a battery. It can be difficult to find. It indicates how long your vehicle can run off battery power alone if the alternator stops working.
Check the battery manual or specs online to find out, or call the manufacturer.
The best car battery Calgary offers?
There are many places you can purchase a car battery in Calgary. The best car battery for you depends on what you need. Here are a few popular spots:
Costco car battery
Costco Calgary carries a selection of batteries, again when selecting be careful that the group size matches your current battery.
Kirkland Signature Battery has been rated online at carsdirect.com stating:
“This range of car batteries is perhaps one of the most affordable batteries. You sacrifice nothing with this battery, as it has excellent cold amp rankings and great performance. The battery is offered through Costco and the specs match Optima batteries. This is one of your best choices, as the performance and quality is that of a high performance battery, but the price is much less.”
Canadian tire car battery
Canadian Tire carries MotoMaster brand.
This brand has been described by various reviews as affordable and good value for the price. There is a three year warranty on the product, so if well maintained, it seems like a safe bet buy.
Walmart car battery
Walmart carries Energizer batteries for vehicles. Reviews indicate these to be less expensive than MotoMaster, and last longer in colder climates.
Again, it is best to check the CCA rating to be sure. Also consider length of warranty.
How long should a vehicle battery last?
If properly maintained a car batter can last four to five years. Premature battery drainage can be caused by a number of factors such as:
- Repetitive undercharging
- Repetitive overcharging
- Long periods of resting without turning your car on
So to review, proper battery maintenance extends the useful life of your product. Routine care can extend your battery life to four or five years.
If you have determined you need a new battery consider the manufacturers date, group size, CCA rating and reserve capacity. Then check the battery warranty when you go to buy.
With this information you should be able to get the best car battery Calgary offers for you requirements.
Check to see what else you should check before winter driving season starts.
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