I’m sure most of us, recall the feeling of the powerful starting power of a freshly replaced car battery. Overtime though, the power diminishes with the heavy demands of peak city stop-start driving conditions, cold weather starting, auxiliary car accessory power draws and heat degradation. Remember, a battery is not a “Fit and Forget” item, it still requires maintenance and cleaning in the surrounds it lives in.
With modern SMF Technology, (sealed maintenance free battery design), topping up fluid levels has become a thing of the past. Since, the first lead acid battery in 1859, invented by French physician Gaston Planté , they were designed in such a way they required maintenance. In this “day and age”, most batteries require no maintenance, but for the technology to be effective, the engineering needs to be of a high degree.
If you have a late model BMW and you need to change the battery, it’s vitally important that you register/reprogram/reset the change with the vehicle’s computer system, to let it know it’s a new battery, and to erase its old charging pattern memory clean. The newer models of BMW now have an incredibly sophisticated electrical system and are fitted with IBS (Intelligent Battery Sensors), which tailors the charging process to the type and age of the battery.
We recently received another Toyota Prius auxiliary battery replacement inquiry in North Sydney from a nice chap named James. The great thing about James, is that he had carried out some online research beforehand, in relation to the exact car battery specified for a Toyota Prius. We were quite impressed actually, that he had taken the initiative to ensure the correct battery was fitted to his vehicle. The fact is, it is vitally important that only Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) batteries are used for this particular type of vehicle.
It astounds us, without sounding biased, how many do-it-yourself vehicle battery installations are performed without knowing the real dangers to both the person involved and the vehicle’s electrical system. Take into account also, they are items filled with “Highly Corrosive” sulfuric acid which produces hydrogen and oxygen whilst being charged making them “Highly Flammable”. There are certain safety procedures, equipment and installation know-how to ensure a safe environment when fitting batteries.
The most familiar term to describe these type of vehicles are mild or micro-hybrid cars. They have been designed to operate with advanced fuel efficiency in mind, hence reducing emissions by approximately 5 to 10% to induce a cleaner environment.
The downside to this technology, is that they require newly developed automotive batteries to withstand the constant idle-stop-start demands, especially in city grid-lock driving conditions.