When that car battery finally gives up the ghost and it’s time to replace it – quick Denver motorists have options. First, let’s be clear that you should always get a replacement battery that meets or exceeds your vehicle manufacturer’s specifications. But, you may have some essential special needs. When they first put the battery into your vehicle at the factory, the auto maker had no idea where it would end up over its life or how YOU would use it as you drive. That battery was chosen to meet the needs of a wide range of motorists. Replacement time is a good opportunity to communicate with your professional auto technician about how you use your vehicle, so you can get just the right battery upgrade.
An obvious criterion is where you live – whether in Denver or somewhere else. Cold starts require a lot of power from your battery. The colder the climate, the more power needed. This comes from a combination of cold sluggish oil and the slower chemical reaction within the battery itself when it is cold. If this sounds like you, meet with your Express Car Care tech about a battery upgrade, something with more cold cranking amps.
The next consideration for Denver auto owners is reserve capacity. This is the number of minutes of reserve power the battery has under a particular load. If your driving is mostly short stop -and -go trips around Denver, your battery may not have time to fully recharge while driving. You may need to tap into those reserves to get started again. Also, modern vehicles have a lot of systems that are always on and draw on the battery. Systems like the security system, remote sensors, and vehicle computers. These combine with the electronic entertainment system, sensors, heated seats, and even chargers for phones, tablets, and computers and put a fairly high load on the battery. Your Express Car Care auto maintenance professional can give you his thoughts on the reserve capacity you might need.
Most standard batteries are “wet-cell” meaning they are filled with liquid battery acid. New Absorbed Gas Mat (AGM) batteries are “non-spillable” which makes them safer for motorist. They also have a longer life span than wet-cell batteries. Off-roader’s like these batteries because their performance isn’t affected by steep inclines and odd angles. They are also well suited for RV and boat owners.
Lastly, an important consideration for car owners is warranty. Premium batteries often come with a longer warranty. Warranties are typically either full-replacement (the battery is replaced if it fails within the warranty period) or pro-rated (a partial credit is given for the failed battery depending on how far into the warranty period you are when it fails).
Your Express Car Care service professional can help you know how to decide which battery is right for you and your vehicle.