It might not surprise you to hear that the number one cause of vehicle breakdowns is a dead battery. If you want to avoid the inconvenience of unexpected breakdowns, then one of the best things that you can do is to take care of your battery. This post hopes to outline some top tips that will help you get the most out of your car battery, so that you don’t end up stranded and waiting for a jump start. Inspect Your Battery Regularly The type of battery fitted to your car will determine how often it should be checked. Batteries with removeable caps are referred to as “Low-maintenance” batteries, and this type should be checked every month or two for signs of acid or corrosion build-up around the terminals, and for adequate electrolyte levels. Maintaining correct electrolyte levels is important – too little and battery performance and life are diminished, too much and excessive corrosion of terminals and brackets may result. If in doubt, ask your local mechanic, auto electrician or R&J Batteries store to check and top up for you. If corrosion build up on terminals is evident, wash away with hot water and rinse thoroughly then dry, and finally apply a lubricant spray such as WD40, CRC, etc., or even a specialist battery terminal spray for maximum protection. Maintenance-free car batteries are becoming increasingly common, and these are easily identified by their flush, sealed top. Sealed Maintenance-free batteries often have a built-in hydrometer or state-of-charge indicator. Simply check [...]
R & J Batteries are exhibiting at Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (Stand Q54) in Melbourne, 6 – 8th
R & J Batteries are exhibiting at Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo (Stand Q54) in Melbourne, 6 - 8th April 2017 Returning to the Australian Auto Aftermarket Expo in 2017, R & J Batteries will update you on the latest battery technology along with new products and the chance to win daily prizes. Our highly knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer any questions at stand Q54 (near the cafe). LAUNCH OF THE NEW DELKOR® BATTERIES BRAND Check out Delkor® Batteries enhanced product range featuring innovative technology, performance and design. New models and increased spec batteries available now. POWERFRAME™ GRID TECHNOLOGY Why is the Powerframe grid 66% more durable than other grids? BATTERY CONFIGURATION TOOL Learn about battery validation in ‘Start/Stop’ vehicles with smart charging and battery management system requirements. RELiON LITHIUM IRON PHOSPHATE BATTERY RANGE RELiON LiFePO4 batteries have a 10x longer lifespan compared to lead-acid alternatives. They also feature fire protection, faster charging, lighter weight and consistent power. PRIZES AND GIVE-AWAYS Daily business card draw and loads of giveaways.
GARTNER SIXES CLIPSAL The high-flying Stadium Super Trucks returned to the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide for the third time on the weekend with Penola’s Greg Gartner once again piloting the #410 R&J Batteries truck in the three-race event. Amidst a line up of international stars including Robby Gordon, Sheldon Creed and ex-V8 Supercar pilot Paul Morris, Gartner more than held his own to finish a consistent sixth in each of the three races. Teething issues with the truck during Thursday’s practice and qualifying sessions put Gartner behind the eight ball early in the weekend. “Unfortunately we did a power steering belt during practice then the afternoon's qualifying session was also cut short when we broke an axle. So we only had limited time to test and re-acclimatise to the truck, leaving us to chase set-up all weekend. Because we are not in SST all the time every lap is very valuable to me to get to understand how the truck works, especially as we spend most of our time racing on dirt, not tar.” “Everything started to fall into place in Sunday's final race, but it was cut short and we only got 4-5 racing laps in due to Dontas’s roll early in the race. But it was the best the truck had been all weekend, after some changes to the setup and adjustments to my driving style. You need to be aggressive with these trucks and be prepared to rub panels. I generally have kept it clean, and everyone else doesn’t mind swapping a bit of paint, so we need [...]
An extensive, year-long survey into the causes of road transport breakdowns in Australia has revealed the humble battery as the number one offender, accounting for up to one-third of all breakdowns, particularly in later model trucks which typically have more cabin accessories and higher electrical power loads. R&J Batteries recognised this growing trend early on and decided to be proactive in finding a solution. Our Hardcore range of commercial batteries has been designed specifically to address the growing problem of premature battery failures in severe-service applications, particularly long-haul road transport. We’ve gone “all out” on the Hardcore range, incorporating a number of major performance improvements including, but not limited to:- Features: Significantly thicker positive and negative plates Silver-Calcium Powerframe plate grids Taller plates, increased surface area Dual Glass-Mat/Envelope separators Hot-Melt Lock-Bonded elements Airtight Inter-cell sealing rings Maintenance-Free in serviceable casing Benefits: More durable, longer-lasting Highest resistance to heat and corrosion More reserve power for accessories Enhanced cyclic ability and plate integrity Improved vibration resistance Lower self-discharge, stronger joins between cells Safer, lowest water loss, maintainable Note – not all features available in all models, please check product data sheets for batteries suited to your application. Breakdowns are expensive! Reduce your operational costs by fitting only Hardcore Commercial batteries to ensure your trucks spend more time on the road and less time beside it. Check out the article online here. The full story has appeared in the April edition of Prime Mover. To get your copy, click here. Prime Mover Magazine In a [...]
Fabietti Racing and driver Mark Belleri are proud to announce a new partnership with leading global automotive parts brand ACDelco ahead of the 2017 Australian 400 Thunder Drag Racing IHRA Series. Having secured 2nd in last year’s Championship Season, The newly formed ACDelco Pro Slammer Racing Team is excited to launch into the new season with a bold new look for their Holden Monaro. “ACDelco has been involved in motorsport and drag racing across the globe for a long time and we are extremely proud to strengthen our partnership with them,” Fabietti said. “They have developed a reputation for quality and reliability and provide a range of products that many drag racing enthusiasts would currently use – not least the crew at Fabietti Racing. With well over 100 years’ experience, ACDelco provides a wide range of quality automotive replacement parts for most makes and models – essentially being a one-stop-shop for all your automotive parts with products ranging from batteries and spark plugs to brake pads and filters, all of which can be easily found at ACDelco Battery Stockists or Holden’s Dealership network Australia wide. With Maurice Fabietti forced to retire from driving a few years ago due to injuries sustained after 30 years of drag racing, his protégé Mark Belleri is proving to be a great asset to the team – along with the support of his father Lucky Belleri. “It’s in the blood, it’s in our DNA. This sport of drag racing gets you in [...]
Ford Australia has given its Broadmeadows and Geelong local operations one final salute with an emotionally charged time-lapse video dubbed 24 Hours of Manufacturing. https://www.facebook.com/FordAustralia/videos/10155445957008747/
Korean Standards Association names Johnson Controls best automotive battery maker Johnson Controls, the world's largest automotive battery manufacturer, earned the top award for quality from the Korean Standards Association (KSA). This is the 11th consecutive year the company's Delkor® batteries have been listed on the Korean Standard Quality Excellence Index (KS-QEI). "Through our robust automated inspection system, Johnson Controls has a thorough quality-control process in place to ensure consistency in producing excellent batteries for a range of vehicles," said Frederick Lim, vice president and general manager Asia Pacific region, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. "We are proud to be recognized by KSA, a leading standards and quality organization, for our hard work and dedication." Johnson Controls manufactures Delkor batteries in South Korea, supplying maintenance-free products to automakers and retailers throughout the Asia Pacific region, including Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines,Cambodia, Korea and the Middle East. "Delkor has been chosen by consumers and industry experts as the best battery in the market. We will strive for continuous improvement to consistently exceed customers' expectations," added Lim. With more than a 30-year history in Korea, Johnson Controls Delkor was the first manufacturer in the country to produce maintenance free batteries - eliminating the need for consumers to add distilled water throughout the life of the battery. The company was also the first in Korea to improve the ergonomic design of the battery handle by introducing an integrated solution that was flush with the top cover. This allows for easier battery installation in [...]
Freightliner Racing has announced fresh support from long-established automotive parts distributor, ACDelco, for the 2016 Endurance Cup, which kicked off last weekend with the Sandown 500. Recognised within the racing industry as one of the busiest and most demanding parts of the season, the Endurance Cup calls for an ‘all hands on deck’ approach. Freightliner Racing Team Owner, Kim Jones, said to be associated with ACDelco would give Freightliner Racing an important boost for the upcoming events. “ACDelco has been involved in motorsport for a long time and has supported a number of teams, not just locally but worldwide,” Jones said. “They have developed a reputation for quality and reliability and provide a range of products that many Supercars enthusiasts would currently use – not least the crew at Freightliner Racing. With well over 100 years’ experience, ACDelco provides a wide range of quality automotive replacement parts for most makes and models, well beyond General Motors vehicles. Products ranging all the way from batteries to brake pads, can be easily found at battery stockists and Holden service centres Australia wide. Freightliner Racing have less than two weeks until they head to the Mountain for the biggest race of the year, the Bathurst 1000.
Delkor Batteries have a history of innovation and manufacturing excellence. They were the first Korean battery manufacturer to produce Sealed Maintenance-Free batteries. They introduced both AGM and EFB batteries in 2012 to cater for emerging Start- Stop engine technology. Now their record of product innovation continues with the launch of the patented and cutting-edge PowerFrame® technology. Technology Patented by Delkor’s parent company Johnson Controls (JCI), the innovative PowerFrame® technology all starts with Delkor’s specific lead alloys. These alloys are passed through a unique multi stage cold-rolling process. By progressively rolling the lead down to the exact thicknesses required, Delkor ensures the finest grain lead possible is used in PowerFrame® plate production. With precision tolerances measured to thousandths of a millimetre, the patented PowerFrame® stamping process then punches the unique positive plate PowerFrame® grids in a highly controlled and uniform manner. Absolute consistency in plate construction is the key to reliability. This finely controlled process reduces stress on the metal, further ensuring consistency and reliability. PowerFrame® grids are up to 66% more durable than traditional plate construction technology. Johnson Controls conducted comparative tests in harsh environments all around the globe, including taxi cabs in the notoriously tough New York cab market. Post-test analysis showed PowerFrame® consistently outperformed all other battery plate designs. The full frame around the PowerFrame® grid ensures plate rigidity, strength and durability. The unique radial design of the plate grids ensures electron flow is optimised for maximum efficiency. The PowerFrame® plate’s unique [...]