Sourcing Car Parts
When looking to replace parts on your car, it is hard to know where to go and who to trust. If you buy a new car or on finance, you will most likely have some sort of warranty for any breakages or malfunctions that will be covered by the cost of the manufacturer and with qualified mechanics approved by your dealership. however if you have a used car, it is hard to know where to look for trusted help. The first thing you should do is always find reputable garages in your area, or garages that specialise in your cars make or model. If any parts are required, it is much more likely that they can be replaced at a cheaper cost and quicker than if you had to order parts in or source them yourself. If you own a Vauxhall van or car, you may find it is relativley easy to source an approved garage or qualified mechanic, especially in the Birmingham area. We advise you take your van or car to serviced at a vauxhall car service place.
Sourcing a Car Battery
Theoretically, if you use your car regularly, and fill the batteries with distilled water when required, the batteries remain charged throughout the duration of its life, which is approximately four years. When you drive the car, its dynamo provides a continuous supply of power to the battery, thereby charging it. Apart from this, the battery rarely provides power for any other purposes other than supplying power to the spark plugs when you start the car. However, these factors work only when the car is running optimally. You will come across occasions when you need to keep the lights of the car turned on, even when if it is not running. A prime example of this is while you park your car by the curb at night.
Draining the battery by putting strain on it
You need to keep the taillights on so that other drivers can see your car and take necessary detours to avoid ramming their vehicle into it. This consumes directly from the car's battery since its engine is switched off. Apart from this, your vehicle needs extra power during the winter season when you turn its heater on. It is the same during the peak summer season when you turn on the vehicle's air conditioning system. Certain individuals fix fancy LED lights on their vehicles, leading to excessive drain of power. Since the car's dynamo can supply a predetermined wattage, the battery supplies the additional power requirements. This drains the capability of the battery. Apart from this, not using the car over an extended period also deteriorates its power holding capacity. In such situations, you have to send it to the mechanics who will give it a booster charge. However, this is not possible when you are on a long trip. Your best option is to keep battery chargers along with you.
How do battery chargers work?
You need the help of battery chargers when the power of the battery drains beyond a certain range. A fully charged car battery provides 48 amp hours. This means that the battery will last for six hours if it has to provide eight amps per hour or 24 hours if it supplies two amps per hour. The battery chargers uses AC power from the mains, converts it to DC, and supplies a booster dose to the cars battery through its positive and negative leads. The number of hours required to charge the battery depends on the output of the charger. A two amps charger will require 24 hours to charge a dead battery fully.
Precautions to take while charging the battery
The battery contains lead plates and sulphuric acid as the electrolyte fluid. The acid emits toxic fumes during the charging process. Therefore, you should always carry out the process in a well ventilated place. Wear gloves and goggles during the process. Keep objects that emit sparks (cigarette lighter) and naked flames away from the area. Read the instructions provided with the charging unit. It contains two lights... a red lamp that indicates that the charger is working, and a dual coloured LED that remains amber during the charging process and changes to green once the battery is fully charged.