Car Battery Replacement & Repair in Colchester
Why Get Your Vehicle Battery Replaced or Repaired?
All Trans Autos has been conducting quality car battery replacement in Colchester, Essex since 1980. As a result, we know a thing or two about car battery repair!
The modern vehicle now has a vast number of computer-controlled electronics, and any drop in voltage or reserve power can cause damage to these components. As a result, one must regularly check the performance and state of the battery to help minimise the risk of damage to other parts of your vehicle. This is something All Trans Autos includes as a part of every vehicle service*.
Additionally, problems caused by voltage drops or battery reserve power can cause driveability issues, malfunctions of other systems and warning lights on the dashboard.
*In a very small number of vehicles, the position of the battery makes the test prohibitive during a service. In this case, the customer will be given the option for the test to be carried out for a small additional fee.
Why Choose All Trans Autos for Your Car Battery Service?
Battery quality is another very important consideration. Lesser quality batteries can cause with a vehicles onboard systems. Many vehicles are now fitted with battery monitoring to try and minimise this risk, it does however require replacement batteries to be programmed to the vehicle.
Through continual investment, we have ensured that our expert team of battery technicians have only the most cutting-edge equipment, facilities, and training. Because of this, we ensure only an exemplary car battery replacement service for our customers.
Not all batteries are equal. On conventional vehicles, there are generally one of three types of battery fitted. These are standard lead-acid, enhanced flooded batteries (EFB), and absorbed glass mat (AGM). The EFL battery is the minimum standard required for vehicles with stop/start technology, with the AGM battery being the best battery for vehicles with stop/start technology.
PART OF THE BOSCH CAR SERVICE NETWORK
Bosch Car Batteries offer unrivalled performance, safety and reliability. Many car and van manufacturers install Bosch Batteries as standard to their vehicles. The Bosch S4 series is perfect for diesel cars and older petrol cars as they offer higher cranking power. The S5 Bosch Battery offers a 30% boost in lifespan and power output. As a result, it is a good choice for vehicles with higher than average electrical needs. Bosch Car Batteries are a popular brand in the UK and cannot be beaten for their price; it’s no wonder we recommend them for our vehicle battery servicing and replacement in Colchester, Essex!
Battery Replacement & Battery Repair FAQ’s
Should I have to charge my battery
Most batteries do not require charging. That's if you're taking good care of your car. Frequent recharges indicate that your car battery may be nearing the end of its life, we carry out FREE battery tests.
Why does my battery keep going flat when not in use?
There are many reasons why a battery would go flat when not in use. The battery itself may nearing the end of its life. There may be a short circuit on another component which is draining the battery. The alternator and charging system may have an issue, such as loose or broken wires or a failing alternator.
How do I know if I need a new battery?
All Trans Autos Ltd offer a free battery/alternator and starter motor check
How much is a new battery?
Prices of Battery’s vary depending on the make and model of your vehicle. Ordinary batteries are cheaper than AGM battery’s, for vehicle with stop/start technology. We offer Bosch battery’ with a 3,4- or 5-year warranty. AGM battery’ have a 2-year warranty
How long is the warranty on my battery?
Our Bosch Battery’ come with a 3,4- or 5-year warranty depending on your preference. Bosch AGM battery’ for vehicles with stop/start technology have a 2-year warranty.
How can I charge my car battery?
Vehicle batteries, including car batteries, are rechargeable units connected to a charging system. This charging system is usually powered by an alternator – a type of generator most often driven by a belt, or ‘fan belt’ on the engine. Whenever the car is running, it will be charged by the alternator. The RPM of the engine will increase alongside the alternator’s electricity output. This electricity will either power your vehicle's accessories, such as headlights or be diverted to charge the battery.
If your car battery dies, an external charger can be used as an alternative to the alternator and is generally the best way to get your vehicle back up to speed. So long as your vehicle’s engine is running then the alternator should be operating. This will generate the electricity needed, but if it remains idling it likely won’t be producing the maximum possible current. Vehicle owners must consider that accessories or electrical systems (modern on-board computers, lights, or stereos) being run whilst idling can drain the electricity being produced. Idling can be detrimental if you want to fully charge your car battery.
Where should I dispose of my car battery?
In accordance with the law, you cannot just throw away your car batteries like any other piece of household waste. As a responsible car owner, you have an obligation to follow the procedures when it comes to disposing of your car battery. Fortunately, almost any municipality that has a hazardous chemical and item pickup and dropoff can take almost any kind of old batteries including car batteries. Car batteries are collected at garages, service stations, scrap metal facilities, and many household waste recycling centres (also known as 'tips'). You may sometimes find that the specialist who replaces your battery will be able to dispose of the old one safely for you.
If you ever are lost as to what the correct procedure to dispose of your car battery is, or of what locations are viable for car battery disposal, don’t be afraid to come on down to All Trans Autos. As an accredited Bosch garage, any one of our team of veteran professionals can provide you with the right information and instructions you need.
When should I get my car battery replaced?
There are many symptoms that indicate your car battery may need replacement, including (but not limited to):
Low battery fluid: A battery casing typically has a transparent section, allowing the owner to constantly check on their vehicle’s fluid levels. Low fluid levels indicate a battery issue.
A bloated, swollen, or misshapen battery case: If your battery is exposed to excessive head levels this can lead to a decline in battery life and also a warped battery casing.
Slow start: Starting a vehicle’s engine exhumes a huge amount of energy. If your battery is failing then starting your car will be markedly slower than normally.
Battery leak: Your battery leaking is a strong indication of battery expiration. Additionally, battery leaks commonly cause corrosion (especially around posts). This can prevent the car from starting up.
General ageing: Batteries can last beyond three years but should be inspected annually after the three-year margin, particularly if they are subjected to more than the average number of car starts.
Check engine light: The inbuilt check engine light in your vehicle often serves as an indicator of weak battery power.
If you think your battery needs a check-up or replacement, or your vehicle is displaying any of the aforementioned symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact All Trans Autos. Any one of our expert advisors will be happy to offer you assistance and assessment.
Why do car batteries die?
The causes for car battery dying prematurely may be virtually never-ending, but the cause for every car battery death can be grouped into one of three categories; battery problems, electrical system problems, and simple user error.
Some of these car battery issues can be dealt with by yourself at home, and others will require a visit to your local accredited mechanic, but always remember that there’s no way to know for sure until you have your car battery inspected when you start to notice issues. ‘Car battery death’ can refer to any situation where the vehicle won’t start after it has been parked for any length of time. If your battery seems to die while you’re driving down the road, you likely have some type of problem with the charging system.
If you are ever unsure about the logistics and/or cause of car battery death, don’t hesitate to contact All Trans Autos. Any one of our expert advisors will be happy to offer you assistance and information.
How many years can a car battery last?
Typically, a car battery is built to last for up to 3 years and will gradually deteriorate every time it is charged until it will eventually need replacement entirely. If an owner takes the time and care to properly maintain a car battery then they can make it last for over 5 years. However, under the scrutiny of the conditions your average battery may face, your car battery can start to show signs of wear or failure as early as the 3-year mark.
Those guesstimates are affected by many variables (most notably the number of starts). Most batteries will have a minimum number of starts before it experiences a dip in performance. This can range from an approximation of 20,000 to 50,000 for regular batteries, and up to 360,000 for start/stop car batteries.
Additionally, variables such as weather conditions, vehicle type, and the driving habits of the vehicle owner can have a huge influence on the lifespan of a battery. Passenger Car Batteries bought and fitted at Bosch Car Service’s locations, such as All Trans Autos, will be sold with a 3-year unlimited mileage guarantee.