September 14, 2017

Inspecting the Battery Regularly is Important

  The battery is an essential part in order for your vehicle to run. The alternator of the vehicle helps by charging the battery. This will then allow it to operate and run properly. Without either of these two components you would not be able to run the vehicle. Your battery provides electricity to start the engine, ignite the fuel, operate the lights and heater, as well as any other mechanisms. Batteries are lead-acid based and come in a variety of voltages, depending on what your car specifically needs according to the owner’s manual.     Car batteries have components made of different materials. Materials used to improve the cathode, anode, and electrolyte performance are nickel, magnesium, cobalt, and silicon tubes. The anode is rich in lithium ions and the chemical reaction between the electrolyte and anode cause ions to move to the cathode. This process causes the electric current that helps the car run. Lithium iron phosphates make up the cathode. These increase the electric range and performance of the vehicle. These components are essential for helping all elements work together to create the motion of the vehicle.     The leading cause of vehicle breakdowns is battery failure. There are ways to prevent frequent breakdowns and to keep your engine working efficiently. If a battery is being undercharged it causes sulfating. This means that there is a chemical breakdown of battery electrolytes. When this occurs, it reduces the battery’s ability to hold a charge and provide energy. When a battery is not used over a period of time it loses its electrical charge. Periodically using or starting a vehicle can prevent this issue. Heat can cause batteries to fail as well. When temperatures reach over 100 degrees, the rate of internal discharge increases and causes battery malfunction. This can happen over a short period of time with high heat.     It is important to do everything possible to prolong the life of the battery. One way of doing this is to make sure all of the electronics are shut off before turning off the engine. Common things to check are the headlights, radio, air conditioner, and G.P.S. device. Turning these off can help keep the battery from being drained. It also can help minimize the risk of damaging electronics while starting the car. Corrosion can interrupt the electrical current and lead to failure. Loose cables can also lead to an interruption in electrical current. Always make sure the cables and brackets that hold the battery are tight. If you notice that the vehicle is becoming difficult to start, make sure to contact us.  
March 30, 2017

Knowing if the Battery is Losing Charge

  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. With the battery and connection points being inspected, we can diagnose what the issue may be, and advise you on the options you have.     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 there is an issue with the battery, make sure to contact us, and we can inspect the battery for you.
December 20, 2016

Having a Battery in Good Condition

  A battery that has a clean connection and is fully charged can help benefit you and your vehicle. If the battery is starting to get weak and it is hard to start your vehicle, this may be an indication your battery is starting to fail. When you bring your vehicle in for regular scheduled maintenance inspections, a battery test can be done to determine what condition your battery is in.   The most important thing you can do to help maintain your battery is to make sure it is clean. It is equally important to make sure all of the battery’s components are clean and clear as well. If the battery is showing signs of corrosion, a replacement may be needed in the near future. If any dirt or debris on the battery starts to form, it may cause the battery to drain. This is especially common in tight spaces of the battery. It is also important to clean the terminals of the battery where the connections are. The harness clamps should also be looked at and cleaned if needed.   An important part to a well working battery is to make sure it is holding a charge properly and efficiently. You should have your battery brought in to have it tested if you start to notice that your vehicle is starting slow, or does not start at all. It is possible to have a battery that is overcharged, which will result in it not working as well or efficient as it should be. This can be hard to diagnose because an overcharged battery will act like a battery that is losing power.   Without the battery for your vehicle, you will not even be able to start your vehicle. If your battery fails when you are traveling, it can be a stressful and inconvenient issue. By keeping the battery in good condition and making sure it, as well as all of its components, is clean you can help to preserve the life of the battery as long as you can. If you are experiencing any issues with starting your vehicle or the battery losing charge, bring your vehicle in so we can inspect the battery to see what the issue might be.
November 21, 2016

3 Tips for your Vehicle this Winter

  In the winter it is important to keep your vehicle operating in the best condition possible. This is because you will want to have an efficient vehicle that is operating at top performance levels. 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. This is because if a part is starting to wear, it can do further damage to other nearby parts.   The Battery   One reason that the battery might be starting to lose power is due to the cold weather. 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. When the Vehicle Will Not Start With the onset of winter temperatures, owners of a wide variety of vehicles find that their 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. Make sure to bring the vehicle in so we can locate the reason for why the vehicle may not be starting this winter. The alternator, battery, and other parts will be inspected for the efficiency and performance it has. Replacing the Windshield Wiper Blades   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. To help extend the life of the wiper blades, make sure to clean the rubber edge periodically with a paper towel and glass cleaner. 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 […]