Battery failure is one of the most common causes of breakdown and despite what people may think they don’t actually last forever. Suzanne Keane has some tips for getting your car back on the road
One of the biggest causes of cars not starting is a faulty battery and cold weather doesn’t help!
If it happens to you don’t stress! The tips below will get you back on the road a.s.a.p.!
Firstly – If you’re not sure why your battery is losing power check out this guide.
If this is the first time your battery has failed more than likely you can jump start it to get moving again.
However, if it has happened before it’s likely that your battery will need to be changed.
You will also need to know how to disconnect and reconnect the battery if you plan on doing any work to the electrics or under the bonnet of your car!
Make sure you take the keys out of the ignition before doing any of the following…..
1. Make sure you’ve got the correct replacement battery to suit your car – too small and it won’t have enough power to kick start the engine and if it’s too big more than likely it won’t fit in your engine bay. Take a note of the existing markings on the battery when you go to buy a new one.
2. Using the correct spanner loosen the connectors for the battery – negative first. Once you have loosened and removed this connection you can disconnect the positive.
If the positive on the battery is disconnected first and you drop something on the positive terminal it can cause an electrical short. By disconnecting the negative first you are cutting out the risk of this happening.
3. Once you’ve disconnected both the terminals you can loosen the bracket that’s holding the battery in place. Lift the battery out carefully – making sure to keep it upright to avoid any leaks.
4. Place the new battery in the car and tighten the bracket to hold it in place.
5. Connect the positive terminal, then the negative and tighten the connections. There will be sparks when you connect the second terminal!
6. Make sure the car starts! If not, check all connections again and try locking/unlocking the car to reset the immobiliser.
Tip – if you’re parking your car for any length of time disconnect the battery to prevent it from losing power!
27th January, 2014