Pre- Emptive Bat­tery Test­ing

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Be­fore head­ing out on your next off road ad­ven­ture, take the time to check your bat­tery and avoid be­com­ing one of New Zealand’s breakdown sta­tis­tics this sum­mer.

Ac­cord­ing to the New Zealand Au­to­mo­bile As­so­ci­a­tion, 40 pre­cent of all road side ser­vice call­outs are bat­tery re­lated and ap­prox­i­mately 45,000 New Zealand mo­torists waited un­til their bat­tery fails be­fore re­plac­ing them.

Bat­tery fail­ure can be at­trib­uted to var­i­ous fac­tors, as bat­ter­ies op­er­ate and age they grad­u­ally lose their ca­pac­ity, a bat­ter­ies in­ter­nal com­po­nents will cor­rode over time and elec­tri­cal shorts oc­cur, along with the con­stant charge and dis­charge process all even­tu­ally lead­ing to bat­tery fail­ure. Other less no­tice­able fac­tors, such as changed driv­ing pat­terns and colder or hot­ter weather will all have an ef­fect on the life of a bat­tery.

Be pro-ac­tive

Pro-ac­tive bat­tery test­ing will help iden­tify sus­pect bat­ter­ies be­fore they fail and high­light prob­lems with the ve­hi­cle’s start­ing and charg­ing sys­tem.

Bat­ter­ies of­ten fail when least ex­pected and can be avoided with reg­u­lar bat­tery test­ing. Time plays a key in­di­ca­tor and too of­ten mo­torists hold off re­plac­ing the bat­tery and end up in­con­ve­nienced by a road­side breakdown.

The av­er­age life span of an au­to­mo­tive bat­tery is 42 months, af­ter this pe­riod the bat­tery is on bor­rowed time and should be re­placed.

Know the signs

Due to the in­creased elec­tri­cal de­mands placed on bat­ter­ies by to­day’s mod­ern ve­hi­cles, lit tle to no warn­ing is given be­fore fail­ure. Here are some signs that could mean you need a new bat­tery:

The warn­ing light on your

dash stays lit for a long time af­ter the en­gine has started. Your en­gine turns over slowly or ir­reg­u­larly while start­ing. Your head­lights dim while you are idling. Your bat­tery loses power quickly in cold weather.

Bat­tery test­ing should be con­sid­ered an in­te­gral part of any pe­ri­odic ve­hi­cle main­te­nance rou­tine and should be per­formed whether or not a start­ing prob­lem has oc­curred. Reg­u­lar bat­tery test­ing can iden­tify sus­pect bat­ter­ies be­fore they fail and can help to elim­i­nate many of the costs and ve­hi­cle prob­lems as­so­ci­ated with a flat or end of life bat­tery.

Don’t wait un­til it’s too late and you’re stuck on the side of the road or off the beaten track to start think­ing about your bat­tery, speak to your lo­cal Cen­tury Yuasa re­tailer for more in­for­ma­tion on a free bat­tery test and avoid be­com­ing the next road side statis­tic.

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