Car Battery

January 9, 2018

Importance of Battery Efficiency this Winter

  If your vehicle is having issues starting it may be an indication a new battery will be needed soon. 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.   If the battery 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.   When your vehicle becomes more difficult to start, it could be caused by the battery. Make sure all the accessories like the radio, lights, GPS, and any other electronic thing is turned off. This will prevent the battery trying to operate them, when trying to start the vehicle. If everything is off, and the vehicle is still difficult to start, make sure to schedule an appointment with us so we can inspect it for you.   You should also make sure the battery is holding its 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.  
September 14, 2017

Signs the Battery is Failing

  The battery is dependent on three main components to work efficiently. The battery relies on the alternator, starter, and the battery terminals. The battery should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure it is clean and free of any debris or corrosion. An old battery can affect the vehicle in negative ways that could slowly add up to a costly repair bill. That is why at the first sign of an issue, bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the battery and the connecting components. The battery will need to work harder as the temperatures get colder, so it is important to have it in an optimal condition now.     If you try and start your vehicle and it does not start, it may be the battery. Another way to tell the battery is the issue is if the vehicle does not even crank, or that the lights do not illuminate. If the vehicle does not have enough power to work the lights, crank, or turn over, it may be a combination of the battery and alternator issue.     If your vehicle starts fine, but then dies after awhile, there could be an irregular problem. This is a sign that the battery terminals are loose, broken, corroded, or calcified. Inspect the battery to see if you notice anything. The connections should have a firm secure fit onto the battery posts. Even if the terminals are slightly loose, it could still cause a big enough problem to affect the vehicle negatively.  
June 20, 2017

Signs the Battery is Weak

  The battery is an important part of your vehicle because without it, your vehicle does not even start. The battery is usually taken for granted until it begins to show signs of an issue. The battery for your vehicle should be inspected on a regular basis. You can also bring in your vehicle so we can inspect the battery for you. If the battery is not inspected regularly, it can wear out more quickly. There are some signs you can notice if your battery is starting to wear out.     When you start your vehicle and turn the ignition key, the battery will supply the power to the starter. From there it cranks the engine quickly for a few seconds until it turns over and starts. If you notice your vehicle is starting more slowly than usual, it may be a sign there is an issue with the battery. If this happens frequently, make sure to bring it in so we can inspect the battery over and replace it if necessary. Another issue with a dead battery is that your vehicle will not start at all. You can jump-start your vehicle, but this is usually only a temporary fix. This is the sign of a failing battery, and it may need to be recharged or replaced.     If you cannot turn on the headlights or interior lights, your vehicle may have a decrease in accessory power. If the lights come on but appear dim, the battery may be starting to fail. If you notice the dim lights as you try to start it make sure to turn off all the accessories. This way all the power generated from the battery is being sent to start your vehicle. The battery having small amounts of power can be caused from several things. It is always best that if you notice dim lights on your vehicle and poor battery power, to bring your vehicle as soon as you can.     Sometimes you may be able to tell if the battery is bad by just looking at it. Make sure the terminals are not broke or damaged. Also make sure the terminals are clean. The battery’s connections should be clear of any dirt and dust buildup. Also make sure there is no corrosion on the battery anywhere. The corrosion can lead to battery failure. Make sure there are no cracks or ruptures in the battery case. This can lead to the battery leaking. Cracks, splits, and punctures in the battery will not only cause it to stop working, but it will also be safety concern. If you notice anything out of the norm, make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you.
March 31, 2017

Tips to Keep the Battery Lasting as Long as Possible

  It is important to keep the battery in the most optimal condition possible. You may notice a poorly charged battery in your vehicle by the way it starts. The vehicle may start more slowly than usual or not start at all. The headlights may also start to go dimmer when you start the vehicle. There are some ways to help keep the battery in a good operating condition. It is also important to bring your vehicle in for regular scheduled maintenances.     One way to help prevent premature battery failure is be aware of the distance you travel with each trip. Lots of short trips can cause the battery to lose its charge more quickly than if you take longer road trips. This is because the battery does not fully recharge each time if you make several short trips in a row. Instead, try to turn all the small trips into a single larger trip. This can help save wear and tear on your vehicle as well as the battery.     If headlights or interior lights are left on for your vehicle, you may be doing more harm than you realize. This can cause the battery to drain and wear out quicker than it should. Whenever you turn off your vehicle, make sure the headlights get turned off as well. Also make sure the interior lights go off in your vehicle once you shut the door. This will help to reduce the chance the lights will cause the battery to lose charge over a length of time.     If you plan on storing your vehicle for a length of time without use, make sure to contact us so we can advise you on proper storage care. If the vehicle is inactive for long lengths of time, the battery will be strained and lose power. This may cause it to have a low charge when you try to start it the next time. Disconnecting the battery from the terminals can help reduce the amount of strain that is placed on the battery.       Any external device you have plugged into your vehicle can result in your battery having a low charge. These external devices like a GPS or cell phone being plugged into your vehicle can affect the lifespan of the battery. Always make sure to plug in devices that are absolutely necessary. This can help to preserve the life of the battery as long as possible.