Car Battery

January 9, 2018

Having an Efficient Battery this Winter

  One way to keep your battery in the best condition possible is to make sure to go to regularly scheduled maintenances. We can inspect the battery on a routine basis to ensure it is in the best operating condition possible. By having the battery inspected, you can help reduce the chance of your vehicle not starting when you may need it. No matter if you need your vehicle for a daily commute or emergency situation, you will always want it to have a trouble free start.     Check the battery for any cracks or puncture marks on it. If the battery case is cracked, it may cause the battery to leak. If the battery begins to leak, it may need to be replaced sooner than expected. If you notice any damage on the battery, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect it for any issues. We can advise you with what your options are to repair the battery, or if a new battery may be needed. Also check the terminals of the battery to ensure they are not broken or damaged. If the terminals are damaged it may affect how the battery supplies the power to your vehicle. You may experience the battery losing its charge when you may need it.     When you inspect the battery, also make sure it is clean. Any dirt or debris that you find on the battery should be removed. A buildup of dirt, leaves, or other debris can result in the battery being inefficient when it needs to hold a charge. The buildup can also cause damage if it is on the terminals. Also make sure the battery is free of any corrosion buildup on it. Corrosion can lead to a poor connection with the battery.   In the winter the colder temperatures are harder on the battery. Make sure to turn off everything before starting your vehicle. This way all the power from the battery will go to making sure the vehicle starts. If you have the radio, lights, GPS, heater, and windshield wipers all working, the vehicle will be harder to start. Also remember to warm the vehicle up a few minutes to ensure that the oil will properly lubricate the engine. If you notice an issue, scheduling an appointment with us is recommended.
March 31, 2017

Knowing when to Replace the Battery

  There can be some signs to look for if the battery starts to wear out. You can also bring your vehicle in and we can inspect the battery for you. That way you can help to ensure the vehicle will be as reliable as possible for when you might need to use it. By bringing the vehicle in at the first sign of an issue, you can help to prevent a larger issue from developing later.       Having the chemical reaction disrupted can affect how the battery will work. Vibrations from traveling over rough roads could lead to a poorly secured battery. The battery could shake loose or damage the plates and other components around it. Also, extreme cold temperatures can also lead to the battery dying because of a shortened life. It is important to also adjust some driving habits you may have. Since starting the vehicle takes a huge jolt of electricity, the charging system has to help to replenish the battery. Short commutes or short trips cause the battery harm because it is unable to get fully charged.     You might be able to notice a sign that the battery is starting to wear out. The most obvious sign of trouble is a dead battery. If you suspect that the battery is starting to go out, make sure to bring the vehicle in as soon as possible. Sometimes the issue is with the electrical system or alternator. This can result in the battery providing less electricity than it should. We can inspect the vehicle and battery to make sure it is operating the best it can be. It is also recommended to inspect the battery itself. If it has corrosion or stains on the battery, it could mean that you have a leak. Check for any buildup of debris or other dirt around the terminals as well. You may also notice an issue with the battery if you smell a foul odor. A smell of sulfur could mean that the battery is overheating.       When it comes time to replace the battery, it can be a fairly simple and quick procedure. Make sure to bring your vehicle in and we can help to advise you on what type of batteries you can choose from. Knowing the age of the battery is important. Once it becomes older, the battery will be more likely to go out. When you bring the vehicle in, we can inspect the battery for what condition it is in.
August 15, 2016

Tips for Maintaining the Battery

  One way to improve the condition of the battery is to make sure it is clean. The battery should be inspected to ensure there is not any buildup of grime or debris on it. This can lead to a poor connection between the battery and the rest of the vehicle. Check the posts and terminals of the battery as well. This can help to ensure they are as clean as possible. If you notice that there is rust or corrosion on them, it may be time to have the battery replaced.   Another way to determine if the battery has an issue is by how your vehicle starts. If it becomes difficult to start, it could mean the battery is losing power. Poor starting could also be a sign of a bad alternator. If the vehicle does not start at all, a new battery may be needed. We can then look at the battery and other parts to make sure they are efficient and effective. If one part starts to wear out, it can do damage to other nearby parts of the vehicle.   If you notice that the vehicle is difficult to start, it could mean there is an issue with the battery. Make sure to schedule an appointment and we can inspect the battery for you. If a new one is needed, we can recommend the right one for you. No matter what issue you may notice, catching it at the first sign can help save you a costly repair bill in the long run.  
May 13, 2016

The Battery is an Important Part

  It is also important to know that the summer’s heat will do more damage to your vehicle’s battery than the winter actually does. The heat will react with the chemicals in the battery and it may result in a battery that looses its charge or fails completely. A battery that is starting to show signs of corrosion may need to be replaced in the near future. Dirt and debris can start to gather and form in tight spaces of the battery and may eventually start to cause issues. You should always make sure the battery is clean, especially around the terminals where the connections are.   The battery should also be holding the charge properly and efficiently. If your vehicle is slow to start or does not start at all, it is a good idea to have the battery tested. You can also have a battery that is overcharged, in which case, it will not work as well or efficiently as it should be. Sometimes an overcharged battery will act like one that is losing its charge, and wear out.   Also, make sure the terminals are clean as this will help with charging the battery. If you notice that the battery is loosing its charge or the vehicle is difficult to start, make sure to schedule an appointment. If you are planning on making a summer trip, having a properly operating electrical system is important for you and your vehicle.
March 4, 2016

Remember to Inspect the Battery for your Vehicle

  One of the most important things you can do for your vehicle is keep it maintained. It should be brought in regularly for an inspection. We can inspect the parts and components of the vehicle. One part we can inspect is the battery. By doing so, you can help ensure efficient starts every time you get in your vehicle. Over time the battery will start to lose charge and will need to be replaced. This is because with age, the battery will naturally wear out and start to be less effective. Extreme temperatures and overcharging are the main reasons for a shortened battery life. Cold temperatures can increase the thickness of the oil, which makes the engine harder to turn over and results in the battery working harder as well. When the battery works harder in the cold temperatures, this can lead to slower starts of the vehicle. If the battery is overcharged, the voltage regulator may be defective. This will then allow for too high of a charging rate, and lead to the battery needing to be replaced sooner.   When charging the battery, make sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate. If the system is overcharging, it can damage the battery quickly. The same applies for undercharging the battery. If you are unsure of the correct rate it should be charged at, make sure to bring it in and we can advise you. This can also be helpful because there might be sides or components that you cannot see on the battery, that might be causing it to drain quicker. In some instances, a new battery may be needed. For the battery to work efficiently, it should be in a clean condition. The top of the battery should be clean. If there is any dirt buildup, make sure to wipe it away. Dirt can become a conductor and will drain the battery’s power. Corrosion should also be cleaned off of the battery. If it accumulates on the terminals, it then becomes an insulator. This will lead to poor current flow from the battery to your vehicle.   If you notice an issue with how the vehicle is starting, it is recommended to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect the battery, alternator, and starter for you. Having the vehicle inspected can help you to prevent further issues and damage in the long run. It can also help you to have an enjoyable ride as you drive.