Car Battery Guide

What you need to know about Auto Batteries

If you drive a car, van, SUV or any other motor vehicle, you know a little bit about auto batteries. You understand, for example, that a fully-charged battery enables you to start the car when you put the key into the ignition and turn it.

When the auto battery is functioning properly, your motor vehicle starts right up and … you’re “good to go.” The question is this, however: how much do you really know about the battery that allows you to use your car whenever you want? More likely than not, you know very little.

So, let’s take a bit of a closer look at one of the most important components in any modern motor vehicle – the auto battery. To begin, the battery provides the power needed to allow your ignition and starter system to get the engine working. By that I mean … your battery helps to start your car.

It also supplies the extra power sometimes needed when your vehicle’s electrical load overwhelms or exceeds what is needed for the system to charge and function. Want more? Your auto battery also works to stabilize the voltage being generated in the car’s electrical system … suppresses potentially damaging spikes … prevents harm to other parts and components in the electrical system, as well.

I’ll bet that you didn’t know all of what I’ve written. Perhaps you simply thought that the battery plays some small, but necessary, role in enabling you to operate your vehicle. And, of course, that is absolutely true. But, as you’ve already noted, it does so much more.

Clearly, the auto battery is one of the most important components in any motor vehicle. It matters and, as a result, it’s essential that you do everything necessary to keep it “healthy, viable and functioning.”

If you’re uncertain about how to do that, a quick review of online information or a trip to your local library will put you in touch with the data and details you need – and the knowledge – that will allow you to take proper care of your auto battery. Remember: take care of it and it will take care of you.

By the way, most auto batteries in the current era are of the lead-acid design. Interesting, as well, is the fact that 90%, or slightly higher, of all auto batteries was recycled in 2006. Moreover, roughly 60% of the world’s lead comes from recycled batteries.

Perhaps you’re wondering why virtually all auto batteries are recycled. The answer is actually quite simple and sensible. It’s done to help the environment. Lead is a toxic element. The reasoning that leads to recycling is as follows: it is better to recycle auto batteries than to discard them in landfills or other areas where waste is disposed … because they are toxic and can be harmful to the environment.

Remember: we all have to inhabit the earth. If there is a chance to keep it cleaner or to make it cleaner or safer, it needs to be done. The auto battery that powers your vehicle and gives it life needs to be recycled. It helps the earth … and that helps you, too.

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