Your vehicle not starting is a frustrating experience. There are multiple reasons why your car or truck may not start. One of the key culprits, is typically your battery. In the past, we usually had some warning that a battery was getting ready to fail. The truck's engine became sluggish, not turning over fast as it should -- a signal that it was time to start thinking about a new battery. Today, it's common for a battery to seem perfectly normal right up to the minute the engine won't start.
There's never a good time for a battery to die, and once that last volt is cranked we're usually in a hurry to get back on the road (as frugally as possible). And while cost is important, the least expensive battery might not be the best (or cheapest) long-term option. Choosing the "best" battery for your truck is easier when you become familiar with your options before you need a quick replacement.
Buy a Battery with the Correct Dimensions for Your Truck
Make Sure the Battery Terminals Are in the Proper Configuration for Your Truck
Numbers you should know:
● Cold cranking amps (CCA) -- what the battery is capable of producing on that cold morning when you go out and hit the key expecting something to happen. Cold start-ups are among the most difficult challenges for a battery, and if you buy a replacement with a lower rating than your truck requires, you may be stranded (buying a battery with a higher rating won't hurt, but there's no real advantage to a large increase).
● Older style auto batteries had individual caps with vent holes.
Changing the Battery Yourself
● If you get the liquid on your skin, wash it off immediately with soap and water.
Dispose of the old battery properly. Put the battery in something plastic that won't
leak and secure it so it won't fall over or slide around. Drop it off at the store where you purchased the new battery.
Remember to reset the clock and radio stations when you are finished replacing the battery. If a battery is totally dead, the settings will have cleared, but if there's a little juice left, they may be intact.
● If you get everything ready before you begin the switch, you can sometimes make the change quickly enough that the radio retains its station settings.
Special Warning: Batteries contain sulfuric acid that can severely burn your skin and could blind you. If you find yourself with a dead battery, carefully inspect it before you jump start it. If the case is bulging, cracked or leaking, do not jump start it. Damaged batteries can explode or catch fire. Deeply discharged batteries can freeze. Do not jump start a frozen battery. Call Wisdom Power Immediately and we can assist you with getting your car or truck battery fixed properly, safely and disposed of in a proper environmentally friendly way.