Most car owners only worry about their car battery in the bitter cold of winter when the chemical reaction that makes power in your battery slows down and your car uses more electricity to move cold oil and engine parts to get started. But the truth is, summer heat is more likely shorten the life of your battery.
The average lead acid car battery, still the most common style of battery by far, makes and stores electricity by immersing lead plates in powerful sulfuric acid. The chemical reaction between these two substances is the magic that moves electrons to start your car. Once your car is started, the alternator takes over all the work, generating enough power to run your engine, your lights, your eighteen speaker stereo and simultaneously recharging your battery for the next start.
While most modern batteries are "sealed," meaning they down have easily removable caps for adding additional sulfuric acid, all batteries are victi ...[more]
You know that summers here in Alabama can get pretty sticky – it’s important to make sure your car’s up to the rigors of summer driving! Here’s a quick breakdown of things you’ll want to check over:
Cooling system maintenance: Coolant is a 50/50 mix of antifreeze and distilled water. It helps act as a heat sink and dissipate the normal heat of operation, and it also contains anticorrosion agents that prevent scale from building up in the radiator and heater core’s tiny passages. It can still become contaminated, though, which is why it should be flushed at regular intervals. If you’re not sure how long your coolant has been in the radiator, it’s a simple matter to check its specific gravity using a hygrome ...[more]
There are a whole lot of choices when it comes to tires, but most drivers opt for all-season tires. There are, of course, plenty of reasons why they’re so popular!
All-season tires are really the best choice for most drivers in Alabama. They don’t perform well in more than about a ½” of snow, but that’s seldom a concern for us in our part of the world anyway. All-season tires are designed for traction on wet or dry pavement and have a reputation for performing well in rain. Their tread pattern is designed to evacuate water away from the tire’s contact patch so there’s always a solid footprint that’s connected to the pavement, helping to avoid hydroplaning.
All-season tires are available at all price points and all s ...[more]