Electrical System:The State Laws on Auto Batteries

This download supports all the information concerning Auto Battery Recycling and Disposal within your state.
(Unzip the compressed file and just open the HTML file inside the folder.)

Here is some additional information about auto batteries you may like to read.

• How does a battery work?
A battery stores energy in chemical form that can be released on demand as electricity. This electrical power is used by the car's ignition system for cranking the engine. Once the car is started, the alternator will power your vehicle, giving your battery the opportunity to recharge and get ready for the next vehicle start.

• When my car won't start, how do I know for sure if my battery really needs to be replaced?
Many other problems can keep a car from starting, so you need to do some troubleshooting. Most Walmart locations will not only test your battery for free, but can perform a free System Check as well.

• What should I consider when buying a battery?
The Battery Finder on this site will provide you with a battery recommendation.
What are the Cold Cranking Amps required to power your vehicle? Always meet or exceed your vehicle’s manufacturer minimum requirements.
Automotive batteries are backed by a warranty package. Choose what is right for your needs.

• What does Cold Cranking Amps mean?
Cold Cranking Amps is a rating used in the battery industry to define a battery's ability to start an engine in cold temperatures. The rating is the number of amps a new, fully-charged battery can deliver at 0° Fahrenheit for 30 seconds, while maintaining a voltage of at least 7.2 volts, for a 12 volt battery. But don’t worry, we will make sure that the battery we sell you meets or exceeds your vehicle’s manufacturer minimum requirements.

• How do I dispose of my old battery?
You can bring any lead-acid battery into Walmart and we will dispose of it for you at no charge. If you purchase a new battery during the same visit, you can also save on the core fee.

• Why do some of the model numbers end in either an (N) or (S)?
Model numbers that end in either an (N) or (S) are specifically designed for maximum performance in either the northern or southern regions of the U.S.

• How long should a battery last?
Many factors affect the life of a battery:
•CLIMATE: Starting a vehicle or boat in colder climates tends to be hard on batteries. For that reason, many people put their vehicles or boats away for the season, but forget to properly charge their battery before doing so. Hotter climates tend to discharge and dry out batteries quicker and average climates tend to be the best for long battery life.
•USAGE: A battery that is used every day has the most chance of living a long life. Batteries that sit a lot, many times are neglected. This shortens overall life. Periodic charging is the best defense.
•APPLICATION: How well is the battery charged in the vehicle? Some vehicles have better charging systems than others. Are there a lot of extra accessories on your vehicle? Sometimes a battery has a hard time keeping up with additional electrical drains, thus wearing it out quicker.
•LACK OF CHARGING: Lack of proper charging is the main reason that a battery will not last as long as it should. At the very minimum, a battery should be charged once a month if left unused.
•COMPLETE DRAIN: Have you ever left your key on, and totally killed the battery? If recovered in a short time period, the battery should charge back to 100%. But every time this happens, it is similar to the battery having a "heart attack", and shortening its overall life. Always turn your vehicle off with the keyed ignition switch, not the "kill switch".

• Are there steps I should take for maintaining my battery?
A battery only requires a little monthly maintenance to perform perfectly. Keep the battery charged to 100%, recharging when the lights dim, the starter sounds weak, or the battery hasn't been used in more than two weeks. Other than that, follow this simple checklist every month:
•Keep the top free of grime
•Check cables, clamps, and case for obvious damage or loose connections
•Clean terminals and connectors as necessary
•Replace caps firmly

• How do I properly store my battery if I won't be using my vehicle for an extended period of time?
If the vehicle is in storage or used infrequently, disconnect the battery cable to eliminate drain from electrical equipment. Charge the battery every two weeks. For extended storage, remove the battery from the vehicle and charge to 100%. Charge the battery every month if stored at temperatures below 60° F. If stored in a warm area (above 60° F), charge every two weeks. Make sure batteries are stored out of reach of children.

• Who makes Walmart's lead-acid batteries?
Walmart's quality automotive batteries are supplied by Johnson Controls, the world's largest lead-acid battery manufacturer.

• What is a core fee?
Depending on the state you live in, if you do not bring in your old lead-acid battery to exchange when purchasing a new battery, you will be charged a core fee. The purpose of the fee is to encourage people to return old batteries for proper recycling, which helps protect the environment from hazardous materials in the batteries.
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