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 more modern 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, concerning the correct car battery specified for a Toyota Prius. We were quite impressed actually that he had taken the initiative to ensure the proper battery was fitted to 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 these type of vehicles are mild or micro-hybrid cars. They have been designed to operate with superior 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.