Car Battery Basics Not So Shocking After All!

The car battery, basically a lead-acid storage compartment, is an electrochemical component producing voltage to the electrical components of the vehicle. When the battery continues to be recharged, it will give many years of service, preventing a premature car battery replacement. While cranking, the battery also supplies additional current more than what the alternator can supply, thus acting as an electrical reservoir.

The car battery requires precautionary measures while handling. The electrolyte (water) inside the battery is a mixture of sulfuric acid and water. Sulfuric acid is very corrosive and is dangerous if it gets in contact with skin or clothing. Batteries also emit hydrogen gas. Because of this, it is extremely important to keep away from flames and sparks.

A car battery is rated in CCA (cold cranking amps). This represents the current that the battery can produce for 30 seconds at 0 degrees before the battery voltage drops below 7.2 volts. An average battery today will have a CCA of 500. With the many different makes and models of cars available today, batteries come in many different sizes and CCAs. When you need a car battery replacement, be certain to purchase the proper battery for your vehicle.

Even a maintenance free car battery requires periodic inspection and cleaning to insure it stays in good working order. Inspect the battery to see that it is clean and that it is held securely in its carrier. Some corrosion naturally collects around the battery. Electrolyte condensation contains corrosive sulfuric acid, which eats away the metal battery terminals, cable ends and battery cradles. If your vehicle battery is corroded be sure to clean it properly to keep the battery operating at its optimum efficiency. This will provide you with a dependable mode of transportation, as well as prevent an inconvenient car battery replacement.

For a quality car battery replacement, contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Prices Precision today by calling (406) 248-2838, or go on-line to for expert advice on any of your car problems. Our Tech-Net professional auto repair shop in Billings, MT, also serves vehicle owners in the areas of Shepherd and Laurel, MT.