The winter months put additional strain on batteries and ensuring they are in good working order and that they are charging correctly will ensure that those early morning or late night breakdowns become far rarer industry sources suggest that one of the principal reasons for breakdown call outs is a faulty battery.

As part of our normal safety checks we will also check the condition of your battery and confirm that the charging system is working correctly.

There are many variables that will effect the life of your battery from the temperature, how much use it gets, the efficiency of the charging system of your vehicle and the number of items that are pulling voltage from your battery. For example higher temperatures will reduce the life of your vehicle’s battery while colder temperatures will mean that the voltage is reduced and the car becomes harder to start- putting extra strain on your battery.

However as a rule of thumb a good quality battery will last between 4 and 5 years, while cheaper ones will last 2 to 3 years.

Ensuring that you check or have the car battery and the charging system checked will help to maximize the life of your battery, all our centres are equipped to check your batteries health. We will check the charging system, the charging rate and the voltage output, these checks will act as an indicator for your battery’s life expectancy.

Some batteries now come with a built in indicator which helps to establish if they are likely to be working effectively – these will normally be a clear round panel on the top of the battery. If the battery is in good working order this will show up green, if the battery is in danger of failing the indicator will go black. If you are unsure how to find this one of our technicians will be pleased to show you the indicator and

Of course if you do have a problem with your battery we hold suitable replacements in stock for immediate fitting for most vehicles. However a regular battery system check is recommended to avoid those last minute breakdowns.

Why not get the experts to have a look?

You can book a Free Battery Check online. Our technicians will check the condition of your car battery using the latest testing equipment. Click on the button below to book yours today!

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David Sholicar

David is the National Retail Operations Manager for Protyre. One of David’s areas of responsibility and expertise is dealing with the DVSA and MOT’s for Protyre. As the Authorised Examiner Designate Manager ( AEDM ) David deals with applications for changes to the many Vehicle Testing Stations ( VTS’s) including managing the growth of the Number of MOT testing stations that Protyre operate, allocating MOT tester roles, and monitoring the MOT Test logs to ensure that Protyre MOT standards are maintained as the best in the industry. David handles the relationships with our parts suppliers to ensure that Protyre only fit the best quality servicing parts, brake parts, and other aftermarket quality parts at the right price. David is also involved in ensuring that all technicians are trained or assessed to carry out the work completed in all centres, and that Protyre has a robust Quality control ( QC) Procedure in all centres. David is also involved in developing the customer service standards and customer service training for all Protyre team members to ensure that all Protyre customers can expect the highest levels of customer service. At Protyre we believe we have the highest levels of customer service excellence that can be found, not only in the garage industry, but also when compared to other retail organisations. Another area of expertise is David’s involvement in developing Protyre Operational, Environmental, and safe working procedures. David has worked for some of the UK’s best retailers and this expertise has been a key component in helping develop Protyre into a highly respected company within the fast fit industry. David’s mission is ensuring that Protyre is the local garage that you can trust.

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