Are There Differences in Batteries For my Vehicle?

November 26, 2021

When the battery in your vehicle no longer works, your vehicle no longer starts. In a sentence, a battery contains acid and distilled water that reacts with the lead plates inside the battery compartments, creating jolts of electricity that start your vehicle and power all vehicular electrical elements like your AC, windows, heater, radio, and lights. 


Thankfully your battery provides some warning signs before it stops working.

Depending on, for example, how much you use the AC, how often the battery must fire because of numerous short trips, or its energy output to keep your radio and headlights on, a typical battery will last between 3 – 5 years

Knowing the symptoms of a worn battery helps you not get caught sitting in a vehicle that won’t start and wondering what to do. 

 It is always less expensive to drive it to an automotive shop during the early warning signs to have it checked, instead of hiring a service company to jumpstart your dead battery so you can drive to an automotive shop. 


Come into Hanford’s to have your battery checked. See many of Hanford’s Tire & Service happy client testimonials here.


Early warning signs your battery is nearing the end of its life:

  • When you turn the key in the ignition, the engine will have a distinct sluggish sound because the battery is low and cannot turn the engine as quickly as it should and within a little while, the battery will be non-functioning. Make an appointment right away to have your battery tested.
  • Some car batteries have a see-through section on the cover showing the level of the acid. It’s helpful to check it once every six months so you can be proactive. 

At Hanford’s, we can test your charging system and show you the strength of your battery using our Digital Vehicle inspection (DVI) system. 

  • Some vehicles will alert you with an indicator light on your dashboard.
  • Sometimes the battery walls will bloat.
  • If your battery is leaking, the acid smells like sulphur or a rotten egg smell.








Most batteries are Flooded Lead Acid batteries. 

Every vehicle has a given amount of space for its battery, the more powerful the engine, the larger the battery. For most four to six-cylinder engines, the battery is a box shape of approximately 9” X 6” X 8” high. Six compartments (or cells) produce 2 volts each of electric current, giving it its name, a 12-volt battery. 

A typical car comes with a version of the Flooded Lead Acid battery, the Starting Lighting Ignition (SLI) battery. Older styles of this battery can be topped up with distilled water.



What kinds of batteries are available for a specific vehicle?

There are only a few kinds of batteries available as options for your automobile because a battery is specific to the amount of power your vehicle can handle, its make and its model. However, you can always purchase an upgraded version of your battery.



When it’s time to replace your battery, you have a few options:



Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB) is an upgraded version of the SLI.
It is a high-performing version of the SLI battery and is used for the stop/ start function in new vehicles. 

  • This battery is sealed, so is less susceptible to evaporation, and heat and therefore referred to as maintenance-free. Overall, it may last a couple of years longer than its standard version.


A Silver Calcium battery requires a higher charging voltage. You should only opt for this battery if your vehicle alternator charges at a high enough voltage. Most standard alternators put out 14.4 charging volts, which is .4 volts less than this battery needs to fully recharge.

  • An improvement on the antimony lead plates found in SLI batteries, the Silver Calcium lead plates make the battery more resistant to corrosion. It performs better in high heat, and it is fully sealed. Because it cannot be topped up, it’s called maintenance-free. 


Valve- Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) batteries have semi-solidified acid making them longer-lived. If your newer vehicle has a high power demand, you might opt for one of the versions of VRLA batteries, Gel Cell batteries or Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries. 
 

  • a) Gel Cell batteries, also known as dry cell batteries use a silica gel inside the battery’s electrolyte solution. This gel solution means less evaporation and greater high-temperature resistance.

  • b) Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries hold the electrolyte solution completely in place within a fibreglass or glass mat. It can charge five times faster and provides three times the life compared to standard batteries. An AGM battery is better able to support the higher electrical demands of larger vehicles and was designed with these vehicles in mind.


No matter the type of battery, having awareness while driving, of your vehicle’s power consumption, can help extend the life of your battery. 

If you’re unsure of the age of your battery, come into one of Handford’s Tire & Service’s two London locations to have it checked.


Please call either of our locations:

444 Wharncliffe Rd. S. (519) 438 6181

337 Ridout St. N.  (519) 434 3236

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