Ann Arbor Auto Battery Replacement
A car battery is essential to successful and reliable vehicle operation. The battery is the component that supplies the electrical energy to the electrical system necessary to start the car. Without a properly functioning battery, your car will not crank. Making certain that your battery is functioning properly should be your highest priority particularly during the transition to winter months. If you’ve ever been stranded on a cold morning, you know just how important a good battery is.
Before you are stranded, here are some helpful tips to be aware of so that you can minimize your chances of encountering a dead battery and a car that won’t start or fail to run. First, if you have more difficulty than normal starting the car or if you have experienced a slow-cranking engine, your battery may be not fully functional. If your alternator is not operating properly, (warning light comes on) it will not provide an adequate charge to the battery. Second, if you observe on your instrument panel that the “check engine light” appears, your battery may be malfunctioning. Third, a clear sign that your batter is failing is when your headlights are inoperable or dim. Pay close attention to these warning signs to avoid the inconvenience of being stranded.
Sometimes battery problems occur due to neglect. Other times, without warning or neglect, batteries simply fail. In our experience, modern maintenance free batteries on average last about three full seasons in Michigan. Common battery problems can come from: damage to the battery case, broken battery plates from corrosion or vibration, damage to the battery terminals, and battery short circuits. We recommend that you check your battery’s existing warranty. If your battery is more than three years old, you may want to have your battery inspected. During a regular oil change, we normally utilize a special machine that load tests your battery. In our experience, this is the best predictor of battery life.
The US Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration agrees with us. They recommend the utmost of caution when charging, or replacing vehicle batteries. They conclude this from the numerous injuries reported from battery explosions, personal contact with battery acid, muscle strains, and electrical shocks.
Having your battery and entire electrical system checked is part of our normal vehicle maintenance routine, and is included with a regular full service oil change. If your battery is functioning below an optimal level, we will alert you. Having the professionals at Convenience Auto Service perform a battery inspection will provide peace of mind, that your vehicle will operating properly and efficiently.
At Convenience Auto Service in Ann Arbor, MI we carry a variety of batteries for all makes and models of vehicles. If a new battery is required, we can find the right battery to meet your needs at a price that you can afford.