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Battery Service for a Good Start
Since automobiles have become increasingly sophisticated in electronic components, it is more important than ever to properly maintain your battery. For optimum upkeep, make it a point to have your service provider regularly test and evaluate the condition of these electrical power points.
With routine service, youll get a quick, accurate and comprehensive analysis of your vehicles entire electric system. That means you can avoid potentially dangerous roadside incidents.
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Reliable electrical power means a reliable vehicle. We provide expert services battery analysis, recommendations and replacement, at the most competitive prices so you have the juice to keep zooming.
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With every service visit, we do more than any standard garage would. We perform your battery test with the latest PDA technology. We include a multipoint, walk-around inspection and a comprehensive, easy-to-read diagnostic report that clearly indicates your batterys life expectancy.
Battery Life Expectancy
The average battery lasts about 40 months, but where you live also plays an important factor.
See our service advisors if you have any questions, or if you would like more information regarding the information presented here.
Extreme temperatures, whether hot or cold, may adversely affect your battery. An older battery is not as reliable in severe conditions, so be sure to have your battery inspected before the winter and summer seasons.
Time to Replace the Battery
The average battery lasts about 40 months, and the life of your battery is crucial to your vehicles performance. Without a fresh battery, youre going nowhere.
When the battery goes unused for 14 days or longer, it will not be properly charged. Keep your battery running by turning on the engine once every few days in low-use vehicles.
Signs of battery wear include a hard start or slow crank. Cable corrosion also indicates an aged battery. The top reasons for battery failure include exposure to extreme temperatures, excess vibration and repeated cyclingor turning off and on power in your vehicle.
To determine the exact age of your battery, look for a small sticker with a letter and number on it. The letter A is for January, B for February and so on. The number is the last digit of the year the battery shipped. So A9 would be January 1999. Note that the letter I is not used, so December is M.
When its time to replace your battery, you may hear talk about CCA and RC. Here is what those terms mean:
CCA Cold Cranking Amps - the number of amps a battery can support for 30 seconds at zero degrees Fahrenheit. The CCA is critical to the engine power supply.
RC Reserve Capacity refers to the batterys ability to supply ample power without falling below the minimum voltage needed to run the vehicle. A good RA rating may mean the car can be temporarily powered without the alternator or fan belt. As with CCA, the higher the rating the better.
Never attempt to replace the battery on your own. Batteries are filled with acid and other chemicals that can be harmful or deadly. They are also highly combustible, so keep flames and potential fire starters away from your battery.
If you must work on your battery, remove the ground wire and all jewelry and be sure to wear eye protection. Since old batteries are recycled, have your service provider change your battery to avoid additional fees.
Disposing of an old battery can be a troublesome task, especially since its hazardous waste. We alleviate that concern by fully recycling your used battery upon replacement.
Did you know that much of your old battery is reusable in the manufacturing of new ones? First, an old battery is hammered into hundreds of small pieces and fed into a vat, where the heavy materials such as leadfall to the bottom while the lighter plastic rises to the top. The separated materials are then processed individually:
What Percentage of Materials is Recycled**(Figures for period 1997-2001)
A battery lasts generally between 30 to 56 months, depending upon the climate in which the vehicle is driven. Batteries can be specially prepared for use in extremely cold weather versus in a temperate environment. See your service advisor for details.*
What can actually make a battery die? Corrosion can inhibit electrical flow, excess dirt buildup can drain power and extreme heat can cause fluid evaporation.
The battery is typically under the hood near the engine, and may be under a plastic cover. It may be near the washer fluid or engine coolant compartments or inside its own special compartment.
Ask your service advisor if you need help locating your battery.
Leaving lights or the radio on when the ignition is off can drain the battery. If youre waiting in the car, be sure to keep use of electrical components to a minimum to preserve the life of your battery.
Your vehicles battery is a complex and potentially dangerous crucial component of your vehicle that we upkeep and service in the most expert manner.
*See store for details. AutoNation, Maroone names, designs, and related marks are registered trademarks of AutoNation, Inc. Copyright 1996, 2006. All rights reserved. All recommendations are general guidelines. Consult your owners manual for more specific information. Driving habits and road conditions also affect service intervals.