Depending on where you live and the amount of driving that you do, a quality battery can last you three to six years. We also offer free battery testing in Fall River at LaCava Brothers Auto Parts and Services, regardless of whether you purchased your battery at our store in the first place. All you need to get started is some knowledge about how batteries work and a basic wrench set. Additional products can be used in between regular car battery care and cleaning to extend the life of your battery and improve vehicle performance.
How Much is a New Battery?
New batteries can range between $80-200, depending on the make and model of your vehicle, as well as the type of battery that is required. The newer high-tech vehicles that have a lot of electronics and technology working inside of them will usually need more advanced and expensive batteries. If you were to go to a dealership, you might get charged 20-25 percent more for the cost of the battery and have to pay $100 or more for labor. However, changing a battery, regardless of the type, is quite simple. There is no reason to have to pay $300-400 or more just to have your battery changed at the dealer.
Start by visiting our Fall River auto supply store. Our friendly and knowledgeable team members can help you get the right battery based on the make and model of your vehicle. The type of driving that you do, such as long commutes into Boston daily versus around-town errand driving, should also be taken into consideration. Vehicle owners in New England find that they usually need to change their batteries more frequently than those who live in a more mild climate, so you should think about that as well when determining the age and rate of replacement for your current battery, even in a brand new vehicle.
If your car or truck battery is more than three years of age, it is likely time to replace it. You can bring it in for a free battery testing in Fall River to determine how much life is left, or you can just decide to take a proactive measure and replace it before it dies out on you in the most inconvenient place. Make sure your vehicle is parked on a level surface in a safe area and make sure that the engine is off. If possible, avoid changing your battery on the side of the road. You don’t want there to be traffic, open flames, water, or sparks that might cause an issue during this type of maintenance. When you disconnect the battery, your clock, radio, navigation, and alarm settings will reset, so make sure you are prepared in advance.
It is recommended that you have a basic set of wrenches, safety goggles, and mechanics gloves to protect yourself during this replacement. Pop the hood and take a peek at the battery. The goggles and gloves will protect your eyes and skin if any battery fluid is present or leaking. You will see that the battery has two cables attached to it – one will be red, and the other will be black. If you don’t see it right away, take a look at your owner’s manual for advice.
Start by disconnecting the negative or black cable first. This is essential to prevent electrical shorts. Remove the plastic cover and loosen the negative cable clamp with your wrench and slide the cable off the terminal. Now you can disconnect the positive cable, which is typically red and marked with a plus sign. Again, remove the plastic cover and use a wrench to loosen the positive cable clamp and take the cable off the terminal. Make sure that the negative and positive cables do not touch each other or anything else that is made of metal or it could cause an electrical short. Remove the battery from the vehicle by removing any connectors or fasteners holding it in place.
Installing the New Battery
When you put in the new battery, this is the perfect time to start a good habit of car battery care and cleaning. You might have noticed some corrosion or build-up on the terminals after removing the old battery. This build-up can be a variety of colors, such as white, gray, blue, or green, depending on the fluid that has leaked over time. It is recommended that you use a cloth or 100-grit sandpaper to clean the corrosion off completely. Leaving any of it behind will result in a faster return of corrosion, which could impact the life of your new battery.
Visit LaCava Auto Parts and Services to get your new battery, cleaning products, and lithium grease products, which can be used to prevent corrosion in the future. Put the new battery into the battery tray and secure it to the bracket. This will just be a reverse process of everything you did to remove the battery. Make sure the fasteners are secure and avoid spraying the grease on any other parts of the engine block. Reconnect the positive red cable first and then the negative black cable next to ensure that you do not complete the electrical circuit before everything else is properly connected. Replace all plastic covers, shut the hood, and start your vehicle.
You can get all of the parts, products, and tools you need at our Fall River auto supply store. Stop by our location on Bedford Street in Fall River or give us a call at 508-676-1951. We can answer any questions you might have about car battery care and cleaning, offer free battery testing in Fall River, and check to make sure that you are getting the right battery for the make and model of your vehicle. At LaCava Auto Parts and Services, we are here to help!