: 2000x625 px
: June 29, 2018
An auto battery is built up of six cells, each containing stacked positive and negative lead plates. These are divided and separated by insulators and immersed in an electrolyte, a liquid blend of sulfuric acid and water. However, some batteries, use a gel instead of the electrolyte. This is considered to be safer and because you do not have to refill it with electrolyte, it has been labelled "maintenance-free". Each cell generates or more correctly put, stores 2.1 volts for a total of 12.6 volts.
In case you don't know who take your car to for auto electrical repairs, you can ask for references from fellow motorists; ideally friends and relatives who are unlikely to mislead you in this (potentially sensitive) matter. As long as they have faced such situations before, they are likely to guide you on which service providers to visit; or at least which service providers to avoid.