Car Battery Problems
Do I need a new car battery?
The most obvious sign of a flat battery is when your car won’t start. Modern motor vehicles can show symptoms like the idle stop-start not working or the car’s air-conditioner not working to full capacity.
Other signs include cracked, dirty or leaky batteries, a rotten egg smell under the hood of your car, or regularly needing a jump start or recharge. The best way to know if you need a new battery is to get a car battery test at Wilkie's Auto Centre.
Does a flat battery use more fuel?
Yes! When your car battery is running flat, the alternator works harder to recharge the battery, and this added load on the engine means it burns more fuel.
Where can I buy a new car battery?
Come in and see us! As a Repco Authorised Service Centre, we have access to the highest quality batteries to suit most vehicles.
Who can test my car battery?
Wilkie's Auto Centre can do a battery load test. Phone us or visit the workshop today.
Why choose Wilkie's Auto Centre for a battery test?
If you have concerns about your vehicle’s performance, it is wise to get your battery tested at a full service workshop like Wilkie's Auto Centre - rather than a parts store - because we take into consideration the whole vehicle and can diagnose any deeper issues.
There is nothing worse than replacing your car battery - only to find the problem lies elsewhere… except maybe being told your battery test is fine with no explanation for your ongoing issues!
Can my car battery be recharged?
Yes, in fact the battery is being recharged by the alternator in your car whenever the engine is running. Sometimes this fix isn’t enough, and your battery requires an external recharge. It’s best to ask a professional about this, as you could void the battery warranty by recharging it yourself.
Sometimes external recharging is not the best option because every battery eventually reaches a point in its life where replacement is the only answer to avoid unexpected breakdowns.
Can I fit my battery myself?
The short answer is yes. But modern vehicles are “computers on wheels”, so you must follow proper installation procedures to avoid damaging the ECM (Engine Control Module) and TCM (Transmission Control Module).
Plus, if the battery gets incorrectly installed, items like the radio, the navigation system and security codes may need to be professionally reset.
Talk to us today. We can recommend the right battery for your needs and install it for you.
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