Your car does not start? The battery is most likely dead. Find out how to change it in minutes!
A battery failure, this has happened to all of us at least once in our life. One fine day, we try to start and there, nothing happens, except a quick click, similar to the sound of a machine gun. Usually, it doesn’t take long to realize that it is the battery. Generally, several things can explain that it is discharged: the temperature, lights or accessories remained on or the age of the battery. Because the more it ages, the less it tints the load. But if its average lifespan is generally between four and five years, it varies according to many parameters. For example, a drums heavily loaded and installed on a vehicle mostly making short trips tends to unload quickly. Indeed, short trips do not allow it to be recharged sufficiently each time. Conversely, regularly making longer trips improves battery life.
If we are usually surprised by a battery failure the day it arrives, some warning signs do not deceive. Difficulty starting should put you in particular, especially if you have not used your vehicle for a while, or if your battery is already old. Be particularly careful if this happens in winter or in the middle of summer, as temperatures that are too low or too high have a strong impact on the charge level. In the event of a breakdown, a simple booster is then sufficient to start and restart. But when the battery is too old, then it may not restart. In this case, there are not 36 solutions, so it must be changed quickly. But in any case, remember to check the age and voltage of the battery, so as not to be caught off guard when needed.
How to change your battery?
Before change battery, be sure to check several parameters, such as voltage, amperage as well as capacity, expressed in Ampere / hr. All this information is generally indicated on your old battery, or in your vehicle’s maintenance book. Once you have your new battery in hand, the actual installation can finally begin. First of all, make sure the ignition is off. Then unscrew the nuts on the battery terminals, starting with the negative terminal. Then remove the terminals, clean them, remove the battery and install the new one in its place. Reconnect it starting with the positive terminal, then the negative. And that’s all !
Be careful, do not throw your used battery anywhere! the recycling is indeed mandatory, in a specific collector. These are generally found in recycling centers as well as in car centers or garages. You can then drop off your old battery in any specialist store or workshop, without having to buy a new one at the same place.
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