How To Choose The Correct Battery For Your Vehicle


A vehicle’s battery powers the engine and also provides a charge for all electrical and electronic accessories in the vehicle. Battery health is essential as it keeps the vehicle running smoothly. Unfortunately, Like most other parts, over time, batteries lose power and will start to wear out. 

When the time comes to replace your battery, you must determine the correct battery for your vehicle, which can be done by checking your vehicle’s owner’s manual or maintenance guide. Therefore, it is not only important to look for the correct battery that fits your vehicle’s specifications, but also to select the right battery by comparing different batteries, make the right purchase, dispose of the old battery, and ensure you take care of your new battery.

There are many points to consider when you set out to choose and replace your vehicle’s battery. 


Understanding the basics of Choosing a Car Battery 

Different vehicles require different amounts of power based on their engine capacity and various other factors. As a result, batteries come in different sizes to cater to different types of vehicles. To understand which battery would fit your vehicle, check your vehicle’s owner’s manual or maintenance guide for more information. Alternatively, you can check out our parts catalog to determine the best battery fitment for your vehicle. Simply enter your VIN number at checkout to ensure your battery will properly fit your vehicle!  


Selecting the Right Battery

    

Now that you have identified the battery type and the need to replace it, the next step is to select the right battery. You can check the old battery in your vehicle by comparing it with a new one. This way you can decide if it is the right one. If all else fails, you can give us a call at 401-709-7836. One of a customer service representative would have no problem helping you select the right battery.

The climate of the place you live in plays a crucial role in selecting a battery. High temperatures can cause corrosion in batteries. Check with your dealer and choose a battery that is built to last in your specific climate. 

Another common indicator of a good car battery is its cost. It is never a good idea to buy the cheapest battery available, as these batteries will ultimately cost you more when you are forced to purchase a new battery in a year's time. Most batteries are rated for five years, so ensure you purchase a good quality, well-performing battery. If you do not plan to keep the vehicle for a long period or if you suspect your vehicle is on its last leg, Feel free to cheap out on your battery.

Check on the battery’s warranty provided by the manufacturer or dealer. Normally, a longer warranty means a better battery. This is because the manufacturer or dealer is confident that the product is of the best quality and will last longer.

When possible, choose a battery that is maintenance-free. Maintenance-free batteries are sealed and do not require any special care. These batteries usually cost more but come with the benefit of a worry-free operation. Most batteries sold today are maintenance-free, but a few will require you to fill it with water/electrolytes once in a while.

Another important factor to note when selecting a battery is to check the cold cranking amps (CCA) and the reserve capacity (RC) of the battery. Cranking amps is the measure of the battery's starting power and must match the standard requirements of your vehicle. The reserve capacity measures the number of minutes of reserve power the battery has at a given load. This ensures the battery powers all accessories when the engine is turned off. Check your owner’s manual or maintenance guide for recommendations and additional details on these factors.


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Maintaining the battery’s health

Maintaining a vehicle battery is as important as checking and buying the right battery. Check your battery from time to time to ensure it is working. The good thing about car batteries, Is it is pretty evident when they are not working properly. If your engine is acting sluggish, or your car is having a harder time starting on cold mornings, It may be time to purchase a new battery. 

Do not wait till your vehicle's battery is dead and has to be replaced. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual or maintenance guide for guidance and/or instructions on how often to replace your vehicle battery. Follow the recommendations provided and change your battery as needed.

Disposing of Your Old Car Battery 

Another crucial point to note is the method to dispose of your old battery. After you purchase a new battery, you will need to discard the old one. Since batteries contain acids and other corrosive materials, you must never just throw them in the bin or trash. Check with your battery dealer if they will take your old battery. If they do not take them, ask them for information on how you can dispose of your old battery responsibly.



Incorrect Disposal
Incorrect Disposal Of A Car Battery
Incorrectly Disposing of Your Old Car Battery                                                              
Correct Disposal Of A car Battery
Correct Disposal Of A car Battery
Correctly Disposing of your Car Battery


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Ford (BXT-96R-500)
  • Reserve capacity of 85 Min 
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  • Features Top terminal 
  • 500 AMP
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  • 100% vehicle fitment accuracy when provided with your VIN
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Ford (BXT-67R-)
  • Conventional Battery 
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  • Easy Installation 
  • OEM Ford parts and Motorcraft® parts are the original equipment replacement parts for Ford
  • Garenteed fitment when VIn number is entered at checkout

Ford (BXL-121R-)
  • Conventional car battery 
  • OEM Ford parts and Motorcraft® parts are the original equipment replacement parts for Ford



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