The battery in your vehicle is essential in order for it to run. The alternator helps by charging the battery, allowing it to work properly. Without either of these two components you would not be able to run your vehicle. Your battery provides electricity to start the engine, ignite the fuel, operate the lights and heater along with other mechanisms. Batteries are lead-acid based and come in a variety of voltages, depending on what your vehicle specifically needs according to the owner’s manual. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect it for you. This way you can help ensure that the battery is in the best operating condition possible.
Components of the Battery for Your Vehicle
The batteries have components made of different materials. These materials used to improve the cathode, anode, and electrolyte performance are nickel, magnesium, cobalt, and silicon tubes. The anode is rich in lithium ions and the chemical reaction between the electrolyte and anode cause ions to move to the cathode. This process causes the electric current that helps the car run. Lithium iron phosphates make up the cathode. These increase the electric range and performance of the vehicle. These components are essential for helping all elements work together to create the car’s motion.
Why the Battery Could Fail
The leading cause of vehicle breakdowns is battery failure. There are ways to prevent frequent breakdowns and to keep your engine working efficiently. If a battery is being undercharged it causes sulfating. Sulfating is the chemical breakdown of battery electrolytes. When this occurs, it reduces the battery’s ability to hold a charge and provide energy. When a battery is not used over a period of time it loses its electrical charge. Heat can cause batteries to fail as well. When temperatures reach over one hundred degrees, the rate of internal discharge increases and causes battery malfunction. This can happen over a short period of time with high heat.
Improve the Longevity of your Battery
It is important to do everything possible to prolong the life of your car battery because they can be expensive. One way of doing this is to make sure all of the car’s electronics are shut off before turning off the engine. Common things to check are the headlights, radio, air conditioner, and G.P.S. device. Turning these off can help keep the battery from being drained. It also can help minimize the risk of damaging electronics while starting the car. If you do not plan to drive the vehicle for several weeks, it is a good idea to disconnect the battery to conserve the electric charge. Also check the battery to make sure it has the proper connection with the cables. This can help the electrical current for when the vehicle starts. If you notice the vehicle starts poorly or with difficulty, bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the vehicle, battery, and alternator. Having the vehicle inspected can help improve the safety and reliability of it.