One of the most essential components of any vehicle is the battery. If you don’t have a high-quality battery and the proper electrical system to support it, you aren’t going to get your car on the road. That’s the long and short of it. That’s why it’s so important to ensure your battery is working correctly.
The good thing is that at Kwik Kar Richardson, we offer a number of different services related to your vehicle’s battery. We are happy to do replacements (Bosch), testing, and even recycle batteries for you. In addition, we can do inspections of your electrical system if something beyond the battery turns out to be the problem.
With a battery testing, we can simply do a quick diagnostic at our shop. It takes no more than a few minutes to do so. Once that’s complete, we can give you information on how well your battery is doing, if it needs replacement, and what might cause it to fail in the future. All of that can be done in next to no time and give you peace of mind if you’re worried something is going wrong.
The battery in your vehicle and the electrical system work together, and neither can do its job without the other. The electrical system keeps your engine going and the battery properly charged, while the battery kicks the engine into gear and keeps the electronics running.
An electrical system check will make sure that the charging system and the battery are supporting each other as expected. A complete system check of this kind has a few different steps involved, which we’ll explain:
Another service that is associated with car batteries is a charging service. This involves having a technician at an auto shop, such as Kwik Kar, testing the battery with load testing diagnostic tools and battery charging equipment. This will let you know if the battery is up to the specifications that the manufacturer sets for it. If it turns out that it isn’t, it’s simple to replace the battery. A technician will typically do so and then also recycle the old battery for your convenience.
A car battery installation also involves a few different steps, which we’ll go over below:
There are two basic types of vehicle batteries, which are VRLA and wet batteries. Each has its own specifications.
With a wet cell battery, you’re talking about a lead acid battery that is made specifically for use in a car. They are rechargeable and may require some amount of maintenance over time. This largely depends on whether they are modern or traditional. These come in SLI batteries and deep cycle batteries.
VRLA batteries are a sealed battery that offers easy storage. They are the safest type of vehicle battery. They also come in two types, gel cell batteries and absorbed glass mat batteries.
Understanding the many differences between these batteries isn’t required, as any professional automobile technician can help you determine exactly what type of battery will work best in your vehicle. In addition to types, batteries also come in various sizes, depending on whether it will be used in a truck, SUV, or car.
In most cases, batteries will come with a performance guarantee, as well as a limited-time free replacement option. The actual amount of time under the replacement and warranty will depend upon the exact battery. We’ll make sure you understand the specifics behind that before we install a new battery in your vehicle. Our Bosch batteries come with 3 year minimum guarantee to all new batteries and the life expectancy for these batteries is approximately 4 to 5 years.