Cars with start-stop engines
If your car is less than 5 years old (from 2014 onwards), there’s a good chance that your car comes equipped with Start-Stop (or iStop, SkyActiv, idle stop & go or micro hybrid) technology. This is the technology that switches off the engine when you’ve stopped at the traffic light and turns on the car engine again when your legs is off the brakes.
This technology is designed to conserve fuel by reducing engine idle time when the car has stopped but as a result – places much more demands on your car battery. The normal car battery is no longer good enough, you need a special kind of car battery: the EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery) car battery.
This special car battery is specially designed to cater to the high power demands of cars with this technology, such as Mazda i-Stop, Honda Idle Stop, Toyota Start & Stop Engine System as well as the new models from Nissan, Hyundai, Suzuki.
When your car can’t start
Because of our hot and humid weather in Singapore, most car battery lasts only about 18months before it reaches end of life. At this point in time, a car battery replacement is required. Some believe that a JumpStart will fix the problem, but because a car battery has a limited lifespan – doing a JumpStart will only start your car for this session. When you next stop, you will not be able to start again – because the car battery is already dead or flat.
Who do you call?
When this happens, do not panic – help is easily at hand. If you have a favourite car workshop, you can call them – they will usually be willing to come help you. But increasingly, car owners are realizing the benefits of using Mobile Car Battery Replacement Service such as FastFix or 9Battery (tel: 9-2288379). These mobile car battery replacement service providers have service vehicles fully loaded with fresh new car batteries, such as those from market leaders Amaron & Hoppecke. Because these companies are focused on car batteries, they’re usually the most experienced when it comes to changing car batteries. And because of their volume of work, they usually carry the freshest car batteries. For example, FastFix replenishes their car batteries at least once a week.
And do not fret – if your car comes with the Start Stop technology (eg. Mazda SkyActiv, Honda Vezel, Honda Shuttle, Infiniti Q30, Infiniti Q50, Toyota Alphard, Toyota Vellfire, Toyota Estima, Nissan QashQai and others from Hyundai, Suzuki, Daihatsu, Kia, Ssangyong) – the better car battery service provider has them too!