Today, a car battery is no longer just used for starting a car. With smarter car features, a car battery has more job to do and must not be overlook. Understanding and replacing the correct car battery for your car will save you money and time in the long run.
The major components of Electrical System in a car are:
1. Power Generator - Alternator: It generates electricity, drawing power from the engine. It generates enough power to meet all the requirements of all the electrical components in a car.
2. Power Bank - Battery: It supplies power to start the car. Also, supplies power to various equipment when alternator is not able to provide enough power e.g. playing car radio with engine off or heavy duty lamps and air-con at idle rpm and in-car dash camera.
3. Engine firing - Ignition Coil / Fuel pump switch: Petroleum engines need spark to fire (or burn the fuel) the cylinder. For diesel engine, the pump has to be kept on - which is usually done by a solenoid switch, to keep injecting fuel into the engine to keep it running.
4. Cooling Fans: In earlier days, the cooling fans (radiator fan) were coupled with engine. But with front wheel drives and advancements, the cooling fans are controlled electronically i.e. they are switched on when there is a requirement using a thermostat. The fans run on electricity.
5. Air-Con Blower: This is another fan responsible for circulating from air-con to car cabin.
6. Lighting - Head Lamps, Tail Lamps, Blinkers, Brake Lights, etc: They are wired on a central circuit running throughout the car.
7. Motor / Actuators - Wiper, Power Window etc: They are used to carry out various functions in the car including controls for side (wing) mirrors.
8. On-Board Computer - ECU: It is the Electronic Control Unit, managing various functions in the car.
9. Fuse Box / Relays: They manage electrical current in the car. Fuses prevent the electrical equipment from frying in case of faulty alternator, wiring etc. Relays do the switching of heavy electrical items in the car.
10. Combination Switch: It is the switch assembly that sits under the steering wheel and used to control various things like head lights, wipers etc.
11. Peripherals Systems - like stereo, clocks, cabin lights, and boot lights.
12. Signal Transmission: Today cars run on electronics which involve a range of sensors, transmitters etc for tyre pressure, crash sensing, oil levels etc.
13. Wiring. Let's just leave it there.
14. Starter Motor: It is responsible for cranking the car to start the engine. It draws power from battery.
15. Doors/Boot: Electric current running to the sliding doors/boot to open and close automatically.
Something you never thought about:
There is this switch in the cockpit that we will never touch once we have configured the auto mode as our default settings. Undoubtedly, leaving the settings as auto could bring much convenience. For instance, the headlights will switch on automatically when we enter the tunnel, carpark or nightfall hits.
However, leaving switches (headlights, wipers) in auto mode actually draws more power from your car battery when you start your engine. Your car battery has to work even harder to start your car.
Do you know that the average power consumption for a single headlight can charge 10 iPhones?
Assuming the same driving habits, car and battery type are being adopted, the drivers who have selected auto mode as their settings will require more-recharging from the alternator and for a longer period of time. This will result in having additional engine loading, ergo affects fuel consumption.
More functions require electricity:
The electrical systems are very complex these days, even the throttle is electronically controlled and so is the fuel quantity to the engine. Cars today are fitted with too many electrical systems like LED screens, GPS, etc. Even the ABS works using electricity.
Honestly. factory fitted battery are low spec due to costing and it tends to fail early. Using a high spec battery will not only last longer, you will get to enjoy other benefits as well. One of it is Fuel Consumption. Does upgrading your car battery sounds like a good thing?
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