Why Battery Inspections are Needed

 

In order for your vehicle to run, it needs a good working battery. The most important thing you can do for the battery is to use it. An idle battery can lose its charge and sulfate from the sulfuric acid inside the battery build up inside it. This weakens its ability to keep and maintain a charge. Even taking your vehicle out once a week will help keep the battery healthy, and will prevent it from dying unexpectedly. The battery is dependent on the alternator, starter, and battery terminals in order to work properly. A bad battery can affect your vehicle in negative ways that will add up to a costly repair bill if the battery is not inspected and maintained properly.

 

 

 

You will be able to notice issues of a bad battery. The most obvious one is a dead battery. You should always have it looked at because sometimes a weak alternator will cause the battery to appear like it is no longer able to hold its charge. You should always have the battery examined when you go in for scheduled tune-ups and oil changes. By testing the battery, you will have a better idea of when you might need to purchase a new one. You can also look at the battery itself. Corrosion or stains on the battery means you have a leak somewhere on it. You can also look for buildup around the terminals as well. Another way you can tell the battery is bad is the smell. If you notice a rotten egg or sulfuric smell, it is the smell of the battery overheating.

 

 

 

Maintaining your vehicle’s battery is something you should think about year round. While it is necessary to change the battery and replace one if it is a few years old, you should do all that you can to maintain the battery’s life to help save you money. You should try and get the most long lasting battery that you can buy for your vehicle. While they may cost more initially, they save you money in the long run by not replacing them as often. It is also important to prolong the life of the battery as long as you can. There are a few easy tips you can do to help this. You can make sure everything in your vehicle is turned off. Leaving your lights, stereo, and other equipment on while your car is not running can drain the life of your battery. Turning all of these off when you are not driving is a good way to extend the life of you battery, and should be done at all times. By doing this, you can keep the battery charged and it will save you stress, time, and money.

Remember to Check the Battery

 

 

 

 

 

When the vehicle’s battery is connected properly, it will be able to charge while the vehicle is in use. The alternator is the device that is used to charge the battery while the engine is still running. If the alternator begins to malfunction, the battery will drain. The battery will not charge for future use then. To ensure that the alternator will work properly, it is important to make sure the connection between the battery and the alternator is secure and clean.

 

 

 

One of the measurements of the battery’s power is cold amperage. The higher the cold amperage is, the easier the battery will be able to start the vehicle in cold conditions. If the cold amperage is too low, the battery will not be powerful enough to start the vehicle in cold conditions. It is always recommended to bring your battery in so it can be tested to see if it needs a charge or replacing. Also, a battery can drain out faster in the heat than it can in the cold. This is because the heat will react with the chemicals in the battery, causing it to wear out quicker. Making sure the battery is clean can help increase the chance of the battery working properly. Also make sure to have the terminals and connections cleaned so the battery is as efficient as possible.

 

 

 

Also remember to visually inspect the battery casing. This may be damaged because of an accident or not being sufficiently secured in the engine. If the battery casing becomes damaged, it may lead to toxic leaks of sulfuric acid or other chemicals. This will cause the battery to lose the charge quickly. If you notice any leaks or cracks, bring your vehicle in as soon as possible. Anytime you notice an issue with the battery or how the vehicle starts, it is important to bring it in so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a reliable vehicle when you travel.

Checking the Battery Regularly

 

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. If the battery is exposed to extreme heat, it causes the battery fluid to evaporate. This leads to internal structural damage of the battery.

 

Colder temperatures can increase the thickness of the oil. This 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. We can inspect the battery as well as how it is recharging.

 

In order for the battery to work the most efficient way possible, 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.

 

Sometimes a slow start for your vehicle may not necessarily mean it is the battery. We can examine the issue and locate the source of the problem. Scheduled maintenances are good practices to keep up to date on because it helps ensure a safe and reliable ride for when you travel. If you ever notice an issue with the vehicle starting or operating, make sure to bring it in as soon as possible.

3 Maintenance Tips for Winter

 

In the winter it is important to keep your vehicle operating in the best condition possible. The best way to ensure that the vehicle is working correctly is to bring it in for regular maintenances. By having the vehicle inspected, we can look for parts and components that might be starting to wear. This way we can advise you on the best way to have them repaired or replaced. Having the parts in the best condition can help save you time, money, and stress in the long run.


The Battery

The colder temperatures can sometimes cause the battery to go dead without any warning. Even if the vehicle sits in the garage, you will want to make sure that the battery is properly charged and in great condition. If you notice that the battery is starting to wear out and the vehicle is becoming hard to start, make sure to bring the vehicle in. The poor power could be caused from a faulty alternator, slipping drive belts, or a loose or corroded battery terminal. All batteries can lose strength over time. It can sometimes happen to new batteries that you just purchase, although this is less common. If you drive only short distances with the lights and other accessories on, it can cause the battery to drain.


Issues Starting

In winter temperatures, owners of a wide variety of vehicles find that the engine will not turn over, or that it runs roughly when first fired up. Depending on the make and model, a frozen relay or valve may be the culprit. Batteries also lose significant capacity as the temperature drops, compounded by thickening motor oil that puts a greater load on the battery.

 

Windshield Wipers

 

To help maintain the best visibility possible, make sure that you have the windshield wipers replaced on a regular basis. They will start to lose their effectiveness in as little as six months. Streaks or missed expanses of glass are signs that the blades should be replaced as soon as you have time. It is recommended to replace the blades twice a year. If you are unsure if the wiper blades should be replaced, make sure to contact us and we can recommend when they should be.

The Battery of the Vehicle

Making sure your vehicle is in for regularly scheduled maintenances can also help reduce the chance of your battery going out at an inconvenient time. We can test the battery to see the strength it has, and even charge it if it needs to. With your battery in good working order, you can eliminate the fear of your car not starting this winter.

 

In order for your vehicle to run, it needs a good working battery. The most important thing you can do for the battery is to use it, as an idle battery can lose its charge and sulfate from the sulfuric acid inside the battery build up inside it. This weakens its ability to keep and maintain a charge. Even taking your vehicle out once a week will help keep the battery healthy, and will prevent it from dying unexpectedly. The battery is dependent on the alternator, starter, and battery terminals in order to work properly.

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You will be able to notice issues of a bad battery. The most obvious one is a dead battery. You should always have the mechanic look at the battery and your vehicle because there is sometimes a weak alternator will cause the battery to appear like it is no longer able to hold its charge. You should always have the battery examined when you go in for scheduled tune-ups and oil changes. By testing the battery, you will have a better idea of when you might need to purchase a new one. You can also look at the battery itself. Corrosion or stains on the battery means you have a leak somewhere on it. You can also look for buildup around the terminals as well.

 

Another way you can tell the battery is bad is the smell. If you notice a rotten egg or sulfuric smell, it is the smell of the battery overheating. By noticing any of these things, you should take your vehicle in as soon as possible to have it looked at to know the exact reason.

 

While it is necessary to change the battery and replace one if it is a few years old, you should do all that you can to maintain the battery’s life to help save you money. You should try and get the most long lasting battery that you can buy for your vehicle. While they may cost more initially, they save you money in the long run by not replacing them as often. It is also important to prolong the life of the battery as long as you can.

 

There are a few easy tips you can do to help this. You can make sure everything in your vehicle is turned off. Leaving your lights, stereo, and other equipment on while your car is not running can drain the life of your battery. Turning all of these off when you are not driving is a good way to extend the life of you battery, and should be done at all times. By doing this, you can keep the battery charged and it will save you stress, time, and money. If you notice the vehicle is starting poorly, make sure to schedule an appointment and bring it in so we can inspect it for you.

Battery Care for the Upcoming Winter

As the weather gets colder out, you will want to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming winter. This way you can ensure it is working efficiently and at top performance levels. Make sure to bring the vehicle in regularly for maintenance inspections. There are parts you will want to inspect, such as the tires, battery, fluid levels, and oil.

 

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If the battery is stored for a long period of time, it will suffer a self-discharge, even in moderate climates. Real damage can result when a depleted battery’s electrolyte meets freezing temps, cracking the internals and case. Proper battery storage with a charger avoids both problems. If you are not sure how to care for the battery, make sure to contact us and we can recommend the best solution.

 

If you are connecting the battery to the charger, make sure to know the proper instructions and safety measures. Before you attach the leads, inspect the battery’s terminals and cables, cleaning off any corrosion and replacing worn parts. Then it is as easy as slapping on the included alligator clips, red is positive, black is negative. Just make sure the charger is unplugged or off before making the connections. If you cannot run the cables without leaving the trunk or hood open, be sure there is not a light on as a result. If there is, remove the bulb to reduce the drain and keep it from burning out prematurely.

 

Following this advice will prolong the life of your battery, saving you money and aggravation in the end. You can also bring the vehicle in and we can inspect it, along with the battery. Having a safety inspection can help you to increase the performance and comfort when you are driving this winter. If you ever notice an issue with the vehicle, you should make an appointment with us. It is better to catch an issue at the first sign rather than waiting until it becomes worse.

 

3 Signs the Battery Has an Issue

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The battery is a very important part of your vehicle. If the battery is in poor condition, the vehicle cannot start or operate. The battery is dependent on three main components in order to work properly. The alternator, starter, and battery terminals should all be inspected thoroughly to help ensure it is working properly.

 

If the engine of your vehicle is turning over but does not start, it is more than likely the battery. This is more often than not mistaken for a bad starter or alternator problem. Most of the time is the battery that does not have enough volts to have the vehicle run efficiently. Try to use jumper cables to get the vehicle running again. Make sure to have the engine run at least thirty minutes to help the battery be effective.

 

If you notice there are no lights or the radio does not work, it could indicate that the battery is going dead. It could also be a combination problem of the battery and the alternator of your vehicle. Anytime an electrical device is not operating the way it should, it can be the sign of a battery issue.

 

Another sign of an issue with the battery is if your vehicle starts fine one time, but fails the next time. It can mean that the battery terminals are loose, broken, or corroded. Make sure the battery is clear of any debris and build-up. It is also important to bring the vehicle in so we can inspect it for you. This can help you to have a safe and reliable vehicle.

Automotive Procare Can Inspect the Battery for You

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Keeping your vehicle well maintained is important. Make sure to bring it in for regular maintenance inspections so that we can check the parts and components for you. If you ever notice anything out of the norm between visits, make sure to contact us and schedule an appointment. One part that should be inspected regularly is the battery. We can test the battery to see the strength it has, and even charge it if it needs to.

 

To keep your vehicle running properly, the battery should be in good working order. In order for your vehicle to run, it needs a good working battery. The most important thing you can do for the battery is to drive your vehicle regularly. An idle battery can lose the charge and sulfate from the sulfuric acid inside the battery build up inside it. This weakens its ability to keep and maintain a charge. Even taking your vehicle out once a week will help keep the battery stay charged, and will prevent it from dying unexpectedly.

 

You will be able to notice issues of a bad battery. The most obvious one is a dead battery. Corrosion or stains on the battery means you have a leak somewhere on it. You can also look for buildup around the terminals as well. Another way you can tell the battery is bad is the smell. If you notice a rotten egg or sulfuric smell, it is the smell of the battery overheating. By noticing any of these things, you should take your vehicle in as soon as possible to have it looked at to know the exact reason.

 

There are a few easy tips you can do to help keep the battery lasting as long as possible. You can make sure everything in your vehicle is turned off. Leaving your lights, stereo, and other equipment on while your car is not running can drain the life of your battery. Turning all of these off when you are not driving is a good way to extend the life of you battery, and should be done at all times. By doing this, you can keep the battery charged and it will save you time, money, and stress in the long run.

Automotive Procare’s 5 Tips for Better Battery Life

It is important to keep the battery in the most optimal condition possible. To ensure it is still efficient, make sure to bring the vehicle in and we can test the battery for you. Over time, you may notice that the battery is becoming weaker, just by how your vehicle 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. If your vehicle has been sitting for a long length of time, the battery may have worn out naturally. Not starting the engine can decrease the life span of the battery greatly. There are also some ways to help keep the battery in a good operating condition.

Temperature Affects the Battery

Extreme temperatures can affect the life of the battery. The heat can cause the battery’s chemicals to react together and cause damage to the battery. This may result in a new battery being needed for your vehicle. The extreme cold may also interfere with the vehicle starts. The battery will become slow and harder to start when the temperatures are cold. Before winter arrives, make sure to have the battery tested to ensure it can charge properly.


Don’t Let your Car Sit

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.


Turn off the Lights

If headlights or interior lights are left on for your vehicle, you may be doing more harm than you realize. This will 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 check that the interior lights go off in your vehicle once you shut the door. If you notice the headlights starting to become weaker, chances are the battery may be starting to drain.


Other Devices that use the Battery

Any external device you have plugged into your vehicle can result in your battery having a low charge. Any 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, and unplug them when you do not need them. This can help to preserve the life of the battery as long as possible. The more electrical items that are running the harder it will be to start your vehicle. It will also be hard to keep your vehicle running, as it may start to stall out.

The Distance that you Drive
A lot 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 drives in a row. Instead, try to turn small trips and drives into a single larger trip. This can help save wear and tear on your vehicle as well as the battery.