February 29, 2016

Choosing car batteries can be very confusing when you see all the various ones available. The most important factors when choosing the right car batteries include the group size, reserve capacity, cold cranking amps, and the age of battery.

Car batteries are manufactured by group size that is determined by width, length, and height of the battery. In order to get the right sized battery you will need to check your owner’s manual. You don’t want to just run out a buy a battery that may be too tall or too wide to fit into the spot for the battery.

Cold Cranking Amps, often called CCA, is performance indicator and shows you how the battery will perform for 30 seconds at 0 degrees Fahrenheit. The higher the number the better for those living in cold climates. Not all car batteries use CCA but often use CA for cranking amps, HCA for hot cranking amps, and MCA for marine cranking amps.

Reserve Capacity, referred to as RC, is another performance indicator. This number will show the number of minutes the battery can provide power before it falls below the minimum voltage level. Once again the higher the number the better.

The age of car batteries is also important. All car batteries come with a date code that lets you know when it was manufactured. The letter at the beginning of the code is the month in which the car battery was made such as A for January and down the line. The last number is the year, such as A8 would mean the battery was manufactured in January of 2008. It is always best to purchase the newest car batteries you can.

For more information on selecting the right car battery for your car, contact the team at Team Auto Centre today.