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How to choose the right battery for your vehicle

When it comes to your car, truck or SUV, it all starts with the battery. What might be a simple turn of the key or push of the ON button to you is the catalyst for a chain reaction that delivers the energy needed to start your engine. In addition, your battery also provides power to the lights, locks, windows and accessories.

The life expectancy for an auto battery is typically around four to six years. Factors such as weather conditions, vehicle type and driving habits can affect battery life. And while today's batteries do not require much maintenance, your Ford Service technicians have the expertise to inspect, test and, if necessary, replace your car, truck or SUV's battery. In addition to knowing which battery is right for your ride, you get the peace of mind that comes from knowing your technician has been trained by the same company that designed, engineered and built the 47+ million Ford vehicles on the road today.

What type of battery do you need?

While your Ford Dealer has the knowledge to fit your vehicle with the right battery, it never hurts to be an informed consumer. Here are a few things to know about choosing the right battery. Your owner's manual also has the specifications on which battery to choose.

What is a battery group and what size battery do you need?

Batteries come in various sizes called groups. Group size refers to the height, width and length of the battery. Althoughsome vehicles may accommodate a battery from more than one group size, it is important that you use a battery approved foryour vehicle. You can find the size you need by checking your owner's manual or looking at your present battery. If you schedule your service at your local Ford Dealer, a factory-certified technician will make the best battery replacement recommendation based on your make and model.

Is your battery strong enough?

Another thing you will want to consider is your battery's reserve capacity. That is the built-in “juice” that lets your battery continue to produce power when the vehicle is not running. While traditional lead-acid batteries are still the norm, today's vehicle electrical systems often do much more than previously, such as powering mobile phones, charging outlets and electronic safety systems. Some new vehicles come with more advanced absorbed glass mat (AGM) batteries, which can better stand up to heavy power drain. Ask your Ford Service technician if this applies to your vehicle.

Other things to consider

If you frequently drive off-road, you may want to upgrade to a battery that can stand up to constant vibration and jostling. And depending on where you live, there are batteries designated for southern or northern climates to handle intensely hot or cold weather.

Why does going to your Ford Dealership make a difference?

When you choose a Ford Dealer to replace your battery, you can rest easy knowing you're getting the right battery for the right price. Each Ford Motorcraft® battery provides dependable power to today's high-technology vehicles across a wide range of conditions, and features the latest advancements in design and engineering.

Ready for a new battery? Print or text your Ford Motorcraft® battery coupon here and contact your local Ford Dealer to schedule an appointment today.


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