As leading suppliers of auto parts across Hertfordshire, we have batteries for cars, buses, caravans and trucks and can perform any work at cheap and affordable rates so that you don’t spend a fortune getting back on the road. To keep your lights on and your engine running, ensure you have your battery tested – before it’s too late.
Collect Service Go offer battery replacements for all makes and models. We offer a call-out service for all vehicles that won’t start due to a flat battery.
All types of batteries are done here, including batteries for your central locking remote keys.
Reasons why your battery is flat
A flat car battery is a driver’s worst nightmare, so knowing some common causes can help reduce how often you need to jump-start your car or charge your battery. Here are some of the most common causes of car batteries to go flat:
- Failing to use the car for long periods
- Making only short journeys
- Leaving the headlights on when the car isn’t running
- A fault with the battery or the charging system
How do you know if you have a flat battery?
The tell-tale sign is when the engine lags or fails to start upon turning the key in the ignition. This is often more noticeable on colder days, but it can happen at any time.
Other signs you might notice include the headlights dropping in brightness or the radio cutting out – anything that is powered by the car battery.
What to do if you have a flat battery?
The easiest solution is jump-starting the car. To jump-start a car, find a car with a good battery, make sure the engine is off in both vehicles, connect the jump leads to the correct battery terminals. Start the engine on the working vehicle and let it run for a few minutes, before starting up the other vehicle.
Give both cars a chance to run, for around 10 minutes, before disconnecting the leads and checking that the car will now start on its own.
Why jumpstarting isn’t a long-term solution
Using jump leads on a car isn’t a huge issue in itself, rather the issue is repeatedly letting the battery run flat. There might be a fault with the charging system, and using a jump lead won’t solve the problem.
It’s also possible that the alternator can become damaged through too much jumpstarting. It should also be noted here that push starting a car can cause damage to the catalytic converter, so exercise caution when taking this approach.
When should you get a replacement battery?
Most cars will need this done after around 3 years, even through normal use. They may last for 4 or 5 years but there is a greater chance of faults developing.
Look out for dashboard lights as this is a big sign something is wrong – call us for advice or bring in your vehicle should this happen. You don’t want to be without windscreen wipers or headlights, so don’t leave it too late!
Contact us on 01707 33 22 88 and a member of the team will provide you with a quotation for a replacement battery, with only a £15.00 call out charge.
All Batteries sold at collect service go come with at least 1-year guarantee.