FAQs about Car Batteries

Why Do Batteries Fail?

Australia has some of the harshest conditions in the world. Our extreme temperatures and varied landscape can seriously affect the life of a battery. Not all batteries are created equal.

Autospark recommends Exide's Range of batteries, designed to withstand the high under-bonnet temperatures and excessive vibration experienced by motorists, with a full product range of automotive, marine, deep cycle and industrial batteries, providing our customers with the best solution for every application.

How does excessive cold affect my battery?

Extreme cold dramatically reduces the speed at which chemical reaction can occur, while increasing electrolyte resistance. It is important to keep batteries at a full charge during periods of extreme cold. Batteries in a discharged state are susceptible to freezing, which can cause damage to the plates and battery container. Automobiles demand more from a battery in freezing temperatures as the motor oil thickens and makes the engine harder to crank.

How does heat affect my battery?

Heat is the number one killer of a battery. Although it increases the performance of the battery short-term, life is drastically reduced over time. Heat increases the rate of evaporation, which causes a loss of water from the electrolyte. Extreme heat also increases the rate of self-discharge and promotes the corrosion of the positive plate grids.

How long should my battery last?

The life of a battery is determined by a number of factors, with the most important being proper maintenance. Amount of use, proper charging and climate are other elements that also need to be considered. A battery that is stored for prolonged periods of time without use or recharging can develop sulfation on the plates which will greatly reduce the time a battery will perform.

How often should I replace my battery?

There are a number of factors to consider when determining how often a battery needs to be replaced. These include vehicle type, region or climate, and driving habits. If your current battery performance is unsatisfactory, you may need to upgrade your battery to suit your particular situation and needs.

Are automobile batteries recyclable?

Exide Batteries from Autospark applies a comprehensive business approach called Total Battery Managemento [TBM], that plays a leading role in one of Australia's most effective and successful recycling programs. TBM encompasses manufacturing and distribution of lead-acid batteries, responsible collection and storage of spent batteries, safe transportation and reclamation of battery materials and use of those materials in the production of new batteries. Exide Technologies Batteries are 98% recyclable.

You don't have to wait until you break down to change your battery. Avoid breakdowns by getting your battery tested on a regular basis. Autospark. Vehicle electrical systems are becoming more complex and its vital you purchase the right battery for your vehicle, so leave it to the experts.

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