Have you ever accidentally left the lights on in your vehicle? We all know the feeling, when we get into our vehicles to discover something was accidentally left on. "Please start!", we pray. Your vehicle's battery primarily helps to start the engine. It also stores energy generated by the alternator and runs the secondary electrical systems such as your lights, radio, power seats, power windows, and additional electrical components in your vehicle. Obviously, your battery is an essential part of your vehicle, if you like to listen to your iPod or charge your phone while traveling. To help you take care of your battery, we advise the following:
Clean and remove corrosion and add anti corrosive protection
Tighten loose hold-down clamps and terminals
Test battery condition
Check the alternator belt tension and wear
The two biggest reasons for a dead or low car battery are:
Leaving your lights on
Not maintaining your battery properly
Your batteries are rechargeable, and it's always a good idea to carry jumper cables in your vehicle in case of emergencies. You never know when you may need to jump start your vehicle, or even help out another driver in need. Once your battery is worn out, recycle it! Battery recycling can reduce the resources required for manufacturing new batteries. When you recycle your batteries, you can also divert toxic lead from landfills or improper disposal. Come in today for all of your battery care needs.
We can help you choose the right battery for your vehicle and lifestyle. Our staff can safely and professionally install your battery and get you back on the road.
Your car's electrical system powers everything from the ignition and fuel systems to accessories such as your radio, headlights and wipers. The electrical system is, in turn, powered by the engine. Here are the three key components of the electrical system:
When your car's engine is off, the battery provides the required power to the rest of the system, as well as during start-up (cranking). It also supplements the power from the charging system during periods of high demand.
This is the heart of the electrical system. It consists of three main components: the belt-driven alternator, various electrical circuits, and a voltage regulator. The alternator supplies power to the electrical system and recharges the battery after your car has started. Just like it sounds, the voltage regulator controls the voltage, keeping it within the operating range of the electrical system.
This system consumes more electrical power than any other in your car. The starting system consists of three components which work in tandem: the ignition switch, the starter relay or solenoid, and the starter motor. The ignition switch controls the starter solenoid, which activates the starter motor. The starter motor then turns the engine until your car starts.
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Your car won’t start. What now? It might seem like your battery is dead, but if the lights and electrical systems are still running, your battery might just need a jump start. Follow these steps to give your battery a boost and get back on the road.
*You'll need a set of jumper cables and another vehicle with a charged battery. You can find cables in auto parts stores, at gas stations or just about anywhere you buy car parts.
*Park the car with the good battery next to the car with the dead battery. Pull the car close enough so that the cables can reach easily from the battery of one car to the battery of the other. Shut off both engines and prop open the hoods or trunks, depending on where the batteries are located within the vehicles.
*Find the batteries and their terminals. Each battery has two metal terminals. One is marked positive ( ), the other negative (-). There are also positive and negative cables in the jumper cable set. The red one is positive ( ), the black one is negative (-). Never connect the red cable to the negative battery terminal or a vehicle with a dead battery
*Identify a metal ground within the vehicle with the dead battery. You can use the metal frame of the vehicle.
*Connect a positive cable clamp to the positive ( ) terminal of the dead battery.
*Connect the other positive cable clamp to the positive ( ) terminal of the charged battery.
*Connect a negative cable clamp to the negative (-) terminal of the charged battery.
*Connect the other negative clamp to the metal ground of the vehicle with the dead battery. You can use the engine block or another metal surface of the vehicle away from the battery. This is the last connection you need to make.
*Start the car with the charged battery. Wait one or two minutes and try to start the car with the dead battery.
~If the car starts:
Remove the black negative clamp from the ground of the vehicle needing the jump.
Remove the black negative clamp from the assisting vehicle.
Remove the red positive clamp from the assisting car.
Remove the red positive clamp from the formerly stalled vehicle.
~If the car doesn’t start:
Wait a few moments and repeat the last step!
If storing your vehicle or battery for an extended period of time, try to keep the battery charged at it's full capacity throughout the time-frame of storing the battery. You can do this by using a battery maintainer – a device that will monitor your battery and keep it at full capacity during storage. If it is not possible to use a maintenance charger, you should fully charge the battery prior to storage and then disconnect it from the vehicle to prevent small electrical drains (such as in-car clocks, security systems and so on) from draining it. Check the battery voltage periodically and recharge it if it falls below 12.6 volts. We carry two maintainers that we would suggest for this purpose. We have the Pro- Logix and Solar Battery Charger that both would work well for this very concept!
A common problem in charging comes when you are faced with the task of charging a severely depleted battery. With some charges, it is virtually impossible to get them to engage with a depleted battery. In other cases, if the charge is not properly controlled, a depleted battery can be charged too rapidly, resulting in damage to battery health. In all, it can be a dicey proposition if you don't have the right equipment.