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Lead-Acid Batteries

Sent in the car for servicing today, and other than the usual servicing routine, I made it known to the mechanic that sometimes the car just refuses to start. IT could be either the starter or the battery. The battery in my car is not more than a few months old (had to call in AAM's mobile mechanic to replace it when it didn't start one work-day morning) so I suspected that it was the starter.

Guess what.... the story I hear is that the mobile mechanics usually carry stocks of the battery with them, in case someone like me call them up. What is suppose to happen is the acid + metal combination in the battery (lead-acid type... not sure about gel yet) has to be freshly combined (shelf life: 3 months) or the life of the battery will less than optimal. Interesting. So at least that taught me one thing... when you run out of battery, jumpstart the car and bring it to whichever shop you trust the most and get them to put in a freshly combined battery. Seems that most mechanic shops in Kuala Lumpur can mix and charge batteries so that they're "fresh"...

Now... in the end it turned out my starter was worn out (battery is still ok)... but it was repaired finally....