It’s the start of the new month and time to focus on another preventative maintenance service. Cold temperatures put extra strain on many parts of your vehicle. One of the parts most affected by the cold is your vehicles battery. As temperatures drop, a battery that never gave you any problems before may start to fail. November is a great time of the year for a battery service and inspection to help avoid a cold weather no start. Let’s answer a few common questions about your battery and battery service procedures.
What does my Battery Do?
Your vehicles battery stores the energy necessary to power all the electrical components in your vehicle. Talk about a pretty huge responsibility. It supplies power to everything from your radio to your headlights. It also powers the starter motor used to start your engine. Without battery power, your not going anywhere!
Your vehicles battery is designed to:
- Store electrical system energy
- Power all of your vehicle electrical devices
- Stabilize electrical system voltage
How often do I need a Battery Service?
Your battery should be tested every time your vehicle is serviced. You should get a battery terminal service at least once per year.
Why do I need a Battery Service?
Over time dirt and corrosion builds up in your battery and battery terminals. This corrosion on your battery terminals can lead to poor connections. Avoid letting a build-up of corrosion remain on the battery terminals as a poor connection can cause starting, drive-ability and all sorts of electrical problems.
What is a Battery Service?
Battery and terminals are cleaned and conditioned
What can happen if I don’t get a Battery Service?
- Starting issues
- Drive-ability issues
- Electrical problems
As you can see having your vehicles Battery Serviced is a wise investment for any vehicle owner. There’s allot going on under your hood as you make your way down the road, and just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there. Even though you may not see any direct effects for your investment in a Battery Service, you can feel good knowing you are extending the life of your vehicle and reducing your personal carbon footprint. I would say that’s a pretty good return on investment, wouldn’t you?
Due to the wide range of vehicles makes and models, this is general information and should not be taken as specific to any vehicle. Please consult manufacturer specifications for the correct specifications and repair procedures for your vehicle. This information is meant to be used as a guideline only.