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Batteries

Call 13 11 11 for delivery and installation in metropolitan areas. RACT members receive $30 off the RRP.

​​​​Free delivery and installation

Batteries by RACT provide you with peace of mind. With delivery available 24 / 7, and trusted batteries that come with a warranty, you can be assured that an RACT battery meets our exacting standards.

All RACT patrols carry batteries on board and are able to fit one for you on the spot, 24 hours a day, anywhere within the metropolitan area.


 

$30 discount for RACT members

RACT members receive $30 off the RRP including free delivery and installation in metropolitan areas. Terms and conditions apply. 


 

Free RACT member battery testing

​RACT has recently updated the testing equipment used by our patrols to help our members to get the best life out of their battery. Our Midtronics MDC - 5500 tester is now equipped to perform a Full Member Test, which checks the vehicle electrical system and battery condition at the same time.

The Full Member Test helps us to understand the condition of your battery and verify the condition of your electrical system, so we can recommend the correct solution to get you back on the road. The tester will ask certain questions to help our patrolmen make a well-informed diagnosis and will print out a condition report and recommendation for you to refer to.

If you notice any changes to the sound your car makes when you are starting, or it's a bit sluggish to turn over, call RACT on 13 11 11 to arrange a friendly patrolman to carry out a Full Member Test and get it fixed before it gets you.

The right battery for you

Car batteries come in a variety of sizes and quality standards. It's important to consider if the battery has the proper rating for your car.

The battery rating is stamped on the battery casing or you can find the information in the owner's manual. It's important to make sure that the battery can be secured in your car. If the battery you buy is too small or too big, you may not be able to clamp it in.

An unsecured battery can damage the internal plates leading to a battery that will not function properly or last as long as it should.

You should also consider the length of warranty​ you would prefer.  RACT batteries are available in three types: Heavy Duty, Extra Heavy Duty and Premium.​

Battery maintenance tips

To get the longest possible life out of your battery, we suggest:

  • Keep battery terminals clean and dry at all times.
  • Maintain fluid levels but never over-fill your battery.
  • Distilled water is recommended for topping up your battery.
  • Never leave your battery standing for long periods without being charged.
  • Secure your battery. Vibrations can damage the battery plates.
  • Don’t drain your battery by leaving lights or accessories on.
  • Read your owner's manual before disconnecting your battery to ensure that computer or radio memories are not lost. ​

Battery FAQs

How long does a battery last?

​The life of your battery depends on various factors like:

  • Proper initial battery installation.  

·         How often the car is used. 

·         How regularly the battery and car are maintained.

Will my battery be ok once it warms up?

It may start the car when things are warm because the engine oil has warmed up and there are less demands on the battery. This is your warning sign to get things checked out and it's highly likely it will let you down at a time when you least need the inconvenience.

What should I do if my battery is diagnosed as flat (discharged)?

Normal driving will not restore the battery to a suitable level of charge. A modern battery should be recharged using a suitable multi-stage battery charger and may require up to 48 hours for a flat battery to return to a fully recharged state.

Can RACT replace my car battery?

To minimise any inconvenience caused by your failed battery, our patrols carry a comprehensive range of sealed RACT batteries in their vans.

What is a sealed battery?

​The battery is sealed during manufacture, which means you can't add water to the cells. With minimal fluid loss due to gassing, the fluid level under normal conditions will last for the life of the battery. This will reduce maintenance requirements and can also increase the life of a battery.

​Why won't my radio work after a flat battery?

​Many electrical system components can be affected by low battery voltage and some require re-setting if the voltage falls too low. Our patrols are equipped with various tools to both keep the system powered up and re-set things like the computer that, on some cars, needs to know when a new battery is fitted. Unfortunately it may be too late when we arrive but we will do our best to find a solution.