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A car battery in an engine bay. What happens once your car's battery runs out of juice? A car battery gets recycled when it reaches the end of its lifespan. Here's how the process works.

How Are Car Batteries Recycled?

If you’re a vehicle owner who knows the dangers associated with lead-based car batteries, you’ve probably asked the question, “How are car batteries recycled?” Recycling these batteries is essential. The average lead-acid car battery contains as much as 20 pounds of lead. If not properly disposed of, this metal can cause toxicity that can be harmful to both humans and the environment…

Car Battery Chemistry: A Humble History of the 12 Volt

Car Battery Chemistry: A Humble History of the 12 Volt

Car battery chemistry hasn’t always looked how it does now. Automotive batteries have continually evolved since they became commonplace as a tool to assist with starting a vehicle (prior to which, a mechanical hand-crank had been required). These batteries — still known in some circles as start-ignition-lighting batteries due to…

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Truck Battery

5 Ways to Extend the Life of Your SUV & Truck Battery

Your car battery is critical to keeping your vehicle running. It sends power to the starter to turn over the engine and receives generated electricity from the alternator to maintain power. If you’re able to extend the life of your car battery, you may avoid an untimely failure. Most car batteries’ lifetimes range from three to five years…