New Car Batteries and Charging Checks at 2U Tyres

Your car battery is the unsung hero of almost every part of your vehicle. Without it, nothing will work, especially in modern motor vehicles.

A lot’s changed over the last decade, or two. In the good old days, your vehicle’s battery only had to power up your car engine, lights, and windscreen wipers. But, in modern vehicles there’s more than 4km of wiring, linking all of your vehicle’s advanced electronic components together.

And you’ve guessed it, they all connect to the car’s battery!

There’s so much demand on modern car batteries these days that some manufacturers have even moved from 12v electrical systems to 48v ones to help cope with the electrical demand put on the vehicle.

2U Tyres - Car Battery Stockists in Petersfield

At 2U tyres in Petersfield, we hold batteries in stock for many motor vehicles, as well as a vast range of quality car and van tyres, so you won't be left feeling flat for long. If you’re looking to buy a maintenance free car battery near you in Petersfield, both of our garages in Petersfield hold stock of Varta, Napa & Bosch car battery brands. So we’ve a solution for all vehicles, from budget friendly car batteries to high performance absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries for stop-start vehicle technologies.

Whilst we stock batteries for cars, vans and motorhomes, we don’t keep batteries for other vehicles in house. However, if you need a battery for your tractor, motorcycle or heavy goods vehicle we can order these from our battery suppliers, often for next day delivery to us.

Call us on 01730 233399 and we’ll help you find the right battery for your vehicle and give you a competitive quote to get you back on the road. Our battery suppliers also carry a range of leisure batteries for your caravans, narrow boats and motorhomes. Just call us for all your battery needs in Petersfield.
Have you ever left to go to work only to find your car’s battery has gone flat overnight? So have we! It’s easy to leave things like side lights turned on, which will drain your car battery quickly.

If you ever have to face this problem, don’t panic. We offer a mobile battery fitting service, or a jump start for customers who live locally to our garages in Petersfield. Just call us on 01730 233399, and one of our car battery fitting specialists will visit you at home and get you back on the road.

When you visit us at 2U tyres for a car battery replacement at one of our Petersfield garages, we won’t just fit the new battery and send you on your way. As well as battery testing your new battery. We also check that your vehicle’s electrical system is charging the battery correctly. This is necessary as faulty alternators often damage car batteries by over, or under charging the old car battery.

Some vehicles also require their onboard computers (ECUs) to be reprogrammed to tell them there is a new battery fitted. This ensures that the charging system works correctly and does not damage the new battery.

Can I change my own car battery?

Yes, it is possible to change a dead battery in your car yourself. But, you have to be careful, especially on modern vehicles. On older vehicles, say pre 2002, it’s easier to replace your own car battery. All you really have to think about is making sure you don’t swap the electrical connection around, or create a short circuit, which could lead to a fire, or electrocution.
However, on newer vehicles there are many associated electrical systems that may need resetting to ensure correct operation and long life. This is particularly true on vehicles with stop-start technology and adaptive charging systems, such as BMW’s.

Another reason to let a qualified mechanic change your car battery, instead of doing it yourself, is because there’s always a reason you have a flat battery. At 2U tyres in Petersfield, we always make sure your new car battery installation & charging system are working properly before we hand back the keys to your vehicle.

How do I know when my car battery needs replacing?

If you pay attention to how your vehicle starts and runs normally, you should be able to notice when things start to go wrong. Some of the telltale signs you may notice that indicate your car battery may be at the end of its life include:

  • Your car’s engine turns over slowly.
  • You have dim lights and electrical issues.
  • The check engine light is on, or on an older vehicle the battery warning lamp is on.
  • There’s a terrible smell, like rotten eggs, coming from your car’s battery.
  • The battery has corroded connectors.
  • The battery’s case is misshapen/distorted, which is often caused by extreme temperatures.
  • The car battery is old. Batteries usually last for only 3 - 4 years without giving trouble.

The commonest clue you will get when there’s something wrong with your car battery is the dashboard warning light coming on. In this case it may not be a problem at all with your car battery, but a problem with your vehicle’s charging system and alternator. That’s why it’s always a good idea to get one of our battery technicians at 2U Tyres in Petersfield to test the battery before replacing it.

Are cheap car batteries any good?

You shouldn’t be searching for ‘cheap car batteries near me’!
Because you really do get what you pay for when you need to buy a new battery for your vehicle. Although some budget brands of batteries leave a lot to be desired. Other brands such as our budget brand, Napa, are manufactured on the same production line as batteries sold by Main Dealers like Mercedes, BMW, or Ford.

It’s quite a minefield out there.

To keep down the cost of production of a car battery, manufacturers use cheaper battery components. These may work for a while, but from our experience, don’t last as long as premium branded car batteries. Commonly cheaper, budget brand batteries are only warranted for 2 years, while they will guarantee a better quality battery for 4 years. To us, this speaks volumes.

At 2U Tyres we only supply car batteries that we feel will give you the best value for money, as well as long trouble free motoring.

For all of your car battery repairs in Petersfield, 2U Tyres is your No.1 choice for all your vehicle repairs. Our car battery specialists will keep your vehicle in tip-top condition, and starting reliably.

Get in touch for your free car repair quotes.

Let’s get you back on the road.