In collaboration with NAPA Auto Parts
The battery plays a vital role in the operation of any vehicle - gas-powered or otherwise. It’s the reason why, at the turn of a key or the press of a button, you can start the engine.
Batteries should last between 4 and 6 years, however this depends on how the battery is used. If there are an inordinate number of full discharge cycles, battery life can be shortened.
When in need of a new battery, there is no easier way to get one than ordering through the NAPA Auto Parts website. Their battery selector also allows you to search for a battery for your car, truck, boat, RV, motorcycle and even your snowmobile.
NAPA Auto Parts are experts when it comes to batteries. Whether you’re looking for an AGM battery or a classic battery for a North American or imported car, an SUV or a truck, at NAPA you’ll find the right battery for your vehicle. You can even find batteries suitable for heavy vehicles and agricultural equipment.
There are three simple steps to get a battery for your car or truck:
1. Find the battery that matches the make and model of your vehicle with the online battery selector.
2. Reserve your battery online.
3. Pay and pick up at your nearest NAPA Auto Parts store.
The design of the NAPA Auto Parts website is very user-friendly so that consumers can find what they’re looking for quickly. Whether you operate your own business or if are simply a do-it-yourselfer, the interface will allow you to get what you need quickly.
Once the items are reserved on the website, you’ll be directed to the store finder in order to choose the location nearest you. Most parts will be ready for pickup in less than two hours, although specialty items may take a bit longer.
Avoiding battery failures is easy. You can equip yourself with booster cables and a charger, which are also available on the NAPA Auto Parts website. A good charger helps your battery deliver full performance at all times. This is important if you don’t want to get caught with a low battery in a blizzard.
For situations where the battery is dead, have a booster pack and good jumper cables handy. It represents a small investment and they come in compact sizes to store in the vehicle, making them very efficient for emergency starts.
No matter how well you take care of your battery, eventually it will die and you’ll need to replace it. Look for obvious warning signs of a failing battery to avoid the risk of getting stranded.
If the vehicle has a hard time turning over (in other words: has a difficult time starting) this could be the first major warning sign. The battery likely doesn’t have enough power to get the engine going. More often than not, a battery warning light will illuminate on the dashboard to let you know as well.
For pleasure vehicles or for vehicles that aren’t driven on a daily basis, extra care needs to be taken in order to ensure proper battery life. Many Canadians store vehicles during the winter months and the batteries should remain on a low charge to prevent premature failure.
It’s well known that cold weather affects battery performance, but hot weather can also hurt battery life. It’s possible that the fluid inside the battery can evaporate, which will hinder its ability to hold a charge. Look for a sulfur (or rotten egg) smell to indicate if the battery solution is escaping.
Properly disposing of a dead battery is also very important. The reason for this is because they contain dangerous chemicals that could be harmful to animals, humans and the environment if leaked. Batteries could explode and spray this liquid on sanitary workers if simply thrown into the trash, so please take the appropriate steps. Most local garages and dealer service centres accept batteries for recycling.
Look for these excellent brands in a NAPA store in your area: Clore Automotive Booster PACs, Carlyle Booster Packs and UltraPro Portable Power Supplies. Whatever the amperage that your truck, RV or motorcycle requires, you’ll find a charging solution that suits it. Click here to find out how to choose your equipment.
Featuring all kinds of parts from brakes to body shop supplies to accessories, NAPA and CMAX stores have over 500,000 tools, pieces of equipment or replacement items for the individualist, dealer or professional garage. NAPA also offers expert advice to answer any question.
If you like to attempt basic repairs at home such as replace headlight bulbs, change your oil and filter, change your spark plugs, change your car starter and much more, NAPA’s online blog is also a handy tool to help you get the job done.
NAPA is one of the largest automotive parts retailers in the world and has over 90 years of operating experience.
The chain’s 600 auto parts stores across Canada mean there is almost certainly one near you. NAPA also has 6,000 stores operating across the United States, where the reputation for quality parts and knowledgeable sales staff is unsurpassed.