2017 06 22 VAR 37 - Car Battery

Car Battery

What is the Battery all about?

The battery is the sole source of electrical power for the car. The battery is charged during vehicle operation by the alternator. If the battery is not charged sufficiently, you will not be able to start the car or use any electrical components (lights, radio, etc.).

Keep in mind:

After your mechanic installs a new battery, you may lose your personal settings for radio stations, clock, etc.

How it’s done:

  • Perform a load test.
  • Remove and replace the battery if it is bad.
  • Clean the cables and install anti-corrosion washers.
  • Test charge system for proper operation.

Our recommendation:

Corrosion is the battery cable’s worst enemy. If you open the hood of your car, you may find a white or bluish powdery looking substance (dried acid) on the battery and cables. This acidic substance will corrode the battery terminal ends and the battery cables. It is good practice to have the battery and cables checked and cleaned at regular intervals. This will prevent the corrosion from building up and it will extend the life of the battery cables. Applying Vaseline or a dielectric grease compound to the terminals of the cables will also prevent any corrosion buildup.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Battery?

  • The car does not start.
  • None of the electrical components work (try the lights and radio).