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There are 5 major things to consider when picking a car battery: 1,Age 2,Cold-cranking amps 3,Size 4,Brand 5,Reserve capacity
1,Age The age of the battery gives you an idea on how long it should be able to perform. A battery is considered fresh’ if it is less than 6 months old. Look for the manufacturing date. Most date codes are stamped on the battery case or label. Important battery information usually starts with 2 characters: Letter – indicates the month (Example: A is January; B is February; C is March…), and Digit – indicates the year (Example: 9 for 1999, 0 for 2000, 1 for 2001…)
2,Cold-Cranking Amps: Cold-cranking amps (CCA) measure the battery’s ability to start your car even on an extremely cold weather. During freezing condition, your car will be hard to start (or to ignite) because the car’s engine oil thickens and chemical reactions, in turn, slow down. The cold-cranking amps also refer to the number of amps a battery will be able to support for 30 seconds at 0 degree temperature (until battery voltage reaches below minimum level). Choosing a battery with a high number of CCA is better; particularly to those vehicles being driven in a cold climate. A higher cold- cranking amps assure that your car’s engine will start obediently even on snowy mornings. Car Battery – is a type of battery that can be recharged. Its main purpose is to supply electricity to a vehicle. Car battery is also referred as an SLI battery. Starting-Lighting-Ignition: to give power to the starter motor, the lights, and the ignition system of a car engine. Cranking (starting) – also known as shallow cycle type, intended to release rapid surges of energy to start a vehicle’s engine. Obviously, you won’t have to bother with much CCA if you’re living in a tropical or warm climate. Since the sole purpose of your car battery is to spurt electricity to crank your car’s engine and also to supply power other car’s accessories.
Difference between CCA and CA CCA (cold-cranking amps) – indicate how much electrical power the car battery can deliver to the car’s starter engine, at zero degree Fahrenheit. CA (cranking amps) – This is another measure of electric current in the battery, taken at 32 degrees Fahrenheit or at freezing point. When seen on battery case or label, the CA rating is usually higher than the CCA rating. Tips on Choosing the Suitable Cold-Cranking Amps Rating for your Car Battery: Check your owner’s manual and follow the CCA rating specified for your car battery. Do not choose batteries with CCA rating which is much lower or much higher to the rating recommended by your car’s manufacturer, as well as those CCA rating of 200 amps or more. If both your car’s battery brand and exact CCA rating level are not available, you may choose a bit higher (not much and not lower) your car’s CCA requirements.
Different Group Sizes for Different Car Models: Size 75 – General Motors cars; Size 65 – big-bodied Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury cars; Size 35 – latest Honda, Nissan, and Toyota cars; Size 34 – Chrysler cars; and Size 34/78 – with 2 sets of terminals to fit some Chrysler and some General Motor models.
3,Size Size or Group Size refers to the height, width and length of the battery. They come in different group sizes to fit most car’s battery tray. It is important that the battery should fit snugly and securely. Always refer to your car manufacturer’s manual to know your car’s specific battery group size. You may also consult the reference guides, which battery retailers provide, find out the appropriate battery size for your vehicle. Buying a wrong-sized battery will just be a waste of money and might just set off more damage to your car. In the States, a new car battery might cost up to $200, or more. To save money more efficiently: it is best to do research for battery prices first before purchasing. Also learn to remove and to install your own car battery, to save on the installation fee.
4,Brand Brand refers to the trademark given to a certain product. Sometimes it is the same with the manufacturer’s name (i.e. Exide company produces batteries with same name). Buying the battery brand specified in your owner’s manual is the best way. But if that particular brand is too expensive and you want to do some cost-cutting, follow the specification requirement also found in the owner’s manual. Do not be tempted to buy the cheapest brand because it could turn as the most expensive battery you’ve ever bought. Cheap batteries may also be loaded with defects and can also be poor performers. A frequent battery change, which also entails repeated installation, will just definitely sucks up the money you’ve initially saved when you chose a cheap car battery.
Battery Service Centers that Install and Sell Reasonably-Priced Car Batteries: Firestone Goodyear Pep Boys Sears
4, Battery Manufacturers and their Battery Brands: Delphi – AC Delco and some EverStart; Exide – Champion, Exide, Napa, and some EverStart; and Johnson Controls Industries – Diehard (Sears), Duralast (AutoZone), Interstate, Kirkland (Costco), Motorcraft (Ford), and some EverStart.
You can also buy car batteries from local service stations and tune-up shops; however, the selection is limited and the stocks may not be fresh. Battery Stores that Sell Very Low-Priced Car Batteries but sometimes No-Install:
Kmart Target Trak Auto Wal-Mart Sam’s Club
5,Reserve capacity rating (RC) refers to the battery’s standing power’. This is the amount of minutes the battery can continuously supply minimum voltage needed to run a car should the car’s alternator or fan belt fail. With an excellent reserve capacity rating, your car can run on the battery alone when the alternator stops working. The RC rating of a battery is listed in minutes. You may not find the RC rating on the battery because it is not usually printed on the label. Check the product literature or ask the store assistant to find out the true RC rating of a particular battery. The longer the operating time of the battery’ reserve capacity, the better; because this is the one quality of the battery that could save you from getting stranded. Consider the RC rating as your car’s emergency kit. In times of unexpected trouble, you can still run to safety instead of getting stuck somewhere.
IMPORTANT: You cannot just pick and buy a battery with the longest reserve capacity you can find. Consult your owner’s manual to learn the recommended reserve capacity rating for your particular car model. It is best practice to choose the exact RC rating that your vehicle can handle.