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Batteries in Dothan, AL
There are few things more frustrating than sliding behind the wheel, turning the key and hearing the engine turn over too slowly to start…or worse yet, hearing that discouraging “click…click…click” that means that the battery is completely discharged and you aren’t going anywhere.
Automotive batteries are rechargeable, and just like any rechargeable battery, they can only undergo so many charge/discharge cycles until they can’t effectively retain a charge anymore. And unlike the rechargeable battery in your cell phone or your laptop, the battery in your car is subjected to extremes of heat and cold that are pretty damaging. At sub-freezing temperatures, your car’s battery can only deliver a fraction of its rated cranking power.
Add to that the fact that today’s cars put a bigger drain on electrical systems than before, and it’s not surprising that even many good-quality batteries fail before the end of their warranty period.
Tips on Battery Service
A dead battery might not always mean a battery that needs to be replaced. These are a few important things to bear in mind when it comes to battery service:
- Corrosion can build up on the posts and battery cable clamps of any battery. It will appear as a greenish-white fluffy deposit, or can even look like a glassy buildup. Corrosion can prevent a battery from receiving a charge or delivering enough current to the starter to start the engine. Corrosion deposits can be cleaned with a wire brush and a special grease that prevents future buildups.
- A battery that isn’t charging properly can also be due to a failing alternator that can’t deliver a charge back to the battery, or a loose, worn drive belt for the alternator. Dim headlights that get brighter with engine speed are a sure sign of a failing alternator, not a battery problem.
- Crankcase oil gets thicker in cold temperatures, making it harder for the battery to turn the engine over. That’s one of the things that puts extra stress on a battery in the winter.
- Car batteries are composed of lead and acid, and are extremely hazardous. When you choose a replacement battery at Road Mart Tires, you can rest assured that your used battery is going to be recycled safely, rather than going to a landfill.
Has your battery been a little weak lately? Turning the engine over slower and slower? Don’t get stuck needing a jump-start! Make an appointment with Road Mart Tires and let us help.