Everybody knows the major inconvenience a flat battery on your vehicle can cause. All workshops participating in Yuasa’s Always Check The Battery scheme will routinely test your vehicle’s battery every time it goes in for service or repair work.
The Yuasa Battery Check
Your workshop will test your battery using specialist Yuasa equipment. The battery check covers the following:
Specification – Checks that the battery fitted meets the vehicle manufacturer’s required specification. A battery of the wrong specification can cause future problems or in extreme cases even damage your vehicle.
Battery state of charge – Checks that the voltage of your battery is high enough to ensure correct performance.
Battery state of health – Checks the health of your battery to see whether it is reaching the end of its service life as battery is a consumable item. Like brake pads or windscreen wipers it will therefore deteriorate over time and then need replacing.
Yuasa Battery Check Results
The result of the check will be either:
Good – The battery is in a good state of health and there is no need to worry. Providing you use your vehicle regularly there should be no battery issues. However, the battery should still be tested every time your car goes into the workshop
Recharge – Your battery is low on charge and needs to be recharged for accurate assessment. A long drive might remedy this, however we advise you speak to your workshop for advice on recharging. Once fully charged an accurate test can be performed.
Replace – Although there may be no signs of failure at the moment, your battery is in a poor state of health. It is likely that the battery will fail soon causing a non-start situation. Our advice is to ask your workshop to replace the battery as soon as possible to avoid a non-start situation occurring.
If the test result is recharge or replace your will be contacted to discuss this whilst your vehicle is still in the workshop. If the result is good, or your technician cannot contact you, they will use a Yuasa mirror hanger to indicate the test result.
Reasons for battery care
Increased electrical demands – With modern vehicles becoming more complex, the battery powers more devices than ever before.
Different charging regimes – Conventional, AGM and EFB batteries all require their own, different, charging regimes.
Cost – A flat battery can cause significant costs to a motorist. Including loss of earnings or vehicle electrical errors.
Alternator – A vehicle’s alternator will not always fully recharge the battery.
Why batteries fail
- Infrequent vehicle use
- Faulty charging system
- Variations in climate
- Incorrect battery installed
- Service life has expired
- Poor maintenance
- Extreme operating temperature
Battery failure facts