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 to require maintenance. In this “day and age”, most batteries require no maintenance, but the engineering needs to be of a high degree for the technology to be effective.
If you have a late model BMW and you need to change the car 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 more modern models of BMW now have an incredibly sophisticated electrical system. They are fitted with IBS (Intelligent Battery Sensors), which tailors the charging process to the battery’s type and age.
We recently received a Toyota Prius auxiliary battery replacement inquiry in North Sydney from a gentleman named James. The great thing is that he had carried out some online research beforehand concerning the correct car battery specified for a Toyota Prius. We were quite impressed that he had taken the initiative to ensure he purchased the battery specified for his vehicle. The fact is, it is vitally important that only Absorbed Glass Mat (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 while being charged, making them “Highly Flammable”. There are specific safety procedures, equipment and installation know-how to ensure a safe environment when fitting batteries.
The most familiar term to describe Stop-Start-Batteries vehicle systems is mild or micro-hybrid cars. They have been designed to operate with superior fuel efficiency in mind, 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.