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The Facts About Car Battery Care

Regardless of the brand of car battery, your car has, eventually it’s going to need to be serviced. One obvious way you’ll know it needs to be serviced is when your car fails to start. But, you don’t have to inconvenienced in this manner. Rather than waiting for a cold morning to have a dead battery which can delay your day, we suggest that you have a trusted auto repair shop inspect the battery once every 3 months or so.

Removing The Battery Cables For Servicing

If you want to inspect the battery yourself you can, but please take great care and wear gloves and eye protection. At Precise Auto Repairs, our auto repair professionals do this every day, so if you would rather not take matters into your own hands please schedule an appointment for battery testing.

With the key out of the ignition and the car off, remove the battery case and then use a screwdriver or wrench, whichever is required, and disconnect the battery terminals and cables from one another. If you see a white powdery substance on the battery posts, this is corrosion and it is highly acidic. And, it’s a clear indication that your battery is near the end of its useful life.

Once you’ve removed the cables you’ll need to clean the battery terminals or posts using a wire brush or a battery cleaning tool. You can find these at one of your local auto parts stores. Once you have cleaned the terminals, reconnect the cables and replace the case. If your car still doesn’t start you may need a new battery.

What You Need To Know About Your Car’s Battery;

  • Summer heat can negatively impact your battery
  • The cold of winter will also negatively impact your battery
  • Your battery cables should be check and tightened regularly
  • If you see white corrosion on your battery posts have it tested
  • When working properly, your alternator keeps your battery charged
  • You should have your battery terminals cleaned every 6 to 8 months
  • Applying a thin coat of grease on your terminals will protect them from corrosion
  • You should have your battery tested every 3000 miles
  • The manufacturer’s insulator helps protect your battery from excess engine heat

Why Should You Be Concerned With Car Battery Care?

If you are having difficulty starting the car it may be because you don’t have a fully charged battery. But it isn’t always the case. A loose battery cable clamp or a faulty alternator may also be the cause of a no start.

Rather than wasting your money replacing a battery when it isn’t necessary, you should have your vehicle inspected on a regular basis. This will help to save you money and also lengthen the life of your battery.

Leave Car Battery Care To The Professionals

If your car doesn’t start it may not be a battery working problem, it may be something else. A faulty starter may be the offending component. Or it might even have something to do with your spark plugs or fuel injectors.

That’s why we suggest that you leave car battery care to the professionals down at Precise Auto Repairs. Of course, you can find all kinds of videos on YouTube that tell you that pouring distilled water or tap water into your battery cells will do the trick, but if you really want something that works to extend the life of your car, build a relationship with your trusted mechanics down at Precise Auto Repairs. We’ve been around since 1991 with a proven track record of taking care of your cars and trucks.

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Battery Testing
Electrical Systems Repair
Battery Replacement
Charging Systems Diagnostics
Ignition System Repair
Systems Maintenance
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Idle Vehicle Car Battery Care

If you travel for extended periods and your vehicle remains at home the battery can discharge quickly. Lack of use is one of the factors that will lessen the life of your car’s battery. One way to combat this is to have a trusted friend start your car every day or every other day. Have this person pull the vehicle out of the garage and let it run for 15 or 20 minutes.

Another way to keep an idle battery from discharging is to use a battery charger. If you go this route, we suggest that you use what’s called a trickle charger. We carry trickle chargers in our shop or you can find them at your local auto parts store. Rather than providing a huge amount of volts as a jump start would trickle chargers provide a minimal and continuous amount of electricity to your battery.

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Testing Your Car Battery

Testing of your car’s battery is the simplest way to ensure that your car starts and is ready when you need it. Doing so can also go a long way toward increasing the lifetime of your battery. But remember, it’s important to have your battery and electrical system tested on a regular basis, not just when you think something might be awry. At Precise Auto Repairs, we can test your battery when you bring your car in for any maintenance related services.

With the engine off, when your battery is fully charged it should have around 12. 4 volts or more. With the engine running you should see between 13. 5 and 14. 6 volts. One quick and easy way to test if your battery might be showing signs of weakness is to start your car and turn on the headlights. If the headlights increase in intensity when you increase the RPM’s this means there’s an issue related to the charging system and you should have your car checked by an experienced mechanic.