Guide To Battery Maintenance

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In today's AutoPro Import Repair auto care tips, we are focusing on battery maintenance. Nearly 70% of car batteries do not make it to the standard four year installation mark. They eventually fail and will need to be replaced. However, there are some steps WORCESTER drivers can take to make their battery last more efficiently.

The flow of electrical power is very important when it comes to your vehicle. When you start your vehicle, the battery uses power to get the engine cranking. Once the engine is running, the alternator generates electricity to run all your electrical systems: like lights, a half dozen computers, anti-lock brake system, traction control, power windows, electronic fuel injectors, stability control, air conditioning, transmission servos – the list goes on. Whatever electricity is left will go to recharging your vehicle battery. Then you turn on your radio and seat heaters; maybe plug in your cell phone and computer; the kids watch a DVD and pretty soon there isn't much electricity left to go back into the battery.

Now, you would have enough time to fully recharge your battery if you decided to take a long road trip in MA. But if you are frequently making stops around WORCESTER, your battery isn’t given the chance to recharge. Every single time you start your vehicle engine, your battery takes a big hit again. Multiple starts – multiple hits. By the time you get home, you have less than a full charge.

If the battery is continuously in a discharged state, it loses its ability to fully recharge. When this happens it starts to play a negative affect on the battery life. Now when your battery is on its way to getting this bad, your alternator is working overtime trying to keep it charged – which causes the alternator to wear out prematurely. A lot of experienced WORCESTER technicians suggest replacing your battery after five years, even though it hasn't yet failed, as a maintenance item to extend alternator life.

So what can you do to help your battery last longer? Hook up your battery to a charger at least once a month during the summer time and every three months during the winter time. This will assure your vehicle battery has a regularly full charge. You are less often to do this during the winter because the electrochemical process slows down when it's colder and less damage is done when your battery is low. Computerized battery chargers are real easy to use because they monitor and control the charging rate to keep the battery from overheating while it's charging.

We recommend that you ask your friendly and knowledgeable AutoPro Import Repair advisor to test your battery so you know how much life is left. If all checks out and it only needs a maintenance service, they will clean it up and make sure all connections and cables are good. They can also help you with a battery that's right for your vehicle and driving needs if the battery needs to be replaced.

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