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Lead Acid Car Battery

 

Lead Acid Car Battery

The lead acid car battery was the first rechargeable battery produced for commercial use. The battery is a storage device, which stores energy and provides a power source for all of the electrical and electronic accessories. It is a physical reserve of energy within the car that is used to power the vehicle during starting and during operation to provide energy for the lighting system and accessories.

What is a AGM Battery and how does it work

How Does it Work?

  • A battery stores energy in chemical form that can be released on demand as electricity.
  • This electrical power is used by the car’s ignition system for cranking the engine.
  • Should the alternator or accessory drive belt fail, the battery might also need to power the vehicle’s entire electrical system for a short period of time.

How is it Made?

  • Car batteries are made up of alternating negative and positive plates of lead and separators.
  • Plates are bundled to produce about 2.2 volts and inserted into cells in the case.
  • Cells are tied together by a strap of which one end forms the positive battery terminal and the other, the negative.
  • These plates are submerged into an electrolyte solution of sulfuric acid and water.

Why Does it Fail?

  • Old age.
  • Heat, cold and vibration.
  • Elements in the electrical system that drain your battery.
  • Leaving your headlights, radio, etc on when your car isn’t running.

What are the Symptoms of Failure?

  • Slow engine crank.
  • Issues with electrical components.
  • Dashboard warning light.
  • Swollen battery case.
  • Old age.
  • Weird smell.

What are the Implications of Failure?

  • Most frequently, the vehicle will fail to start.
  • Conventional car batteries last 3-4 years, much shorter in hot climates and those with poor road-quality.

How Difficult is the Install?

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Note:

  • Installation difficulty varies by vehicle

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