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“I’m not sure, but I think my car battery is bad.” Before trying to figure out whether or not your car battery is bad, understanding the basics of car batteries might be helpful in diagnosing it.

Understanding car batteries is not really that complicated or difficult. The battery is the heart of your vehicle--without it, your vehicle doesn't have the power to start, move, or do anything else. The typical battery is a “wet-cell” battery, a plastic cube containing sulfuric acid and lead, with two terminals on the top or side. It stores electrical power generated from the alternator while your car is running. It also sends electrical currents to the engine and other electrical components.

Before making an assessment about your battery, check the fluid level in your battery as well as the battery cables. If the fluid is low and has been for a while, this will prevent your battery from generating power or holding power. More critical is the battery cable connections. If they are loose or corroded, the electrical current in the battery is unable or interrupted in traveling from the battery to your vehicle’s auto electrical components.

Ask your mechanic to explain how to know if your car battery is bad. If you are experiencing starting problems, it may be time for a car battery replacement.
05
Feb
2018

“I’m not sure, but I think my car battery is bad.” Before trying to figure out whether or not your car battery is bad, understanding the basics of car batteries might be helpful in diagnosing it.

Understanding car batteries is not really that complicated or difficult. The battery is the heart of your vehicle--without it, your vehicle doesn't have the power to start, move, or do anything else. The typical battery is a “wet-cell” battery, a plastic cube containing sulfuric acid and lead, with two terminals on the top or side. It stores electrical power generated from the alternator while your car is running. It also sends electrical currents to the engine and other electrical components.

Before making an assessment about your battery, check the fluid level in your battery as well as the battery cables. If the fluid is low and has been for a while, this will prevent your battery from generating power or holding power. More critical is the battery cable connections. If they are loose or corroded, the electrical current in the battery is unable or interrupted in traveling from the battery to your vehicle’s auto electrical components.

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There is still plenty of winter weather to come so remember it’s important that not only are you up to the challenge of hazardous winter driving conditions but also that your car can continue to meet the challenge too! Preventative vehicle maintenance is important in any season, but your winter car maintenance checklist should include some extra attention. Ask your mechanic about the items that should be on the winter service checklist so that you don’t experience a breakdown out in the cold.

Here are 7 Items to add to your Winter Car Maintenance Checklist:

The first step in avoiding a car repair is to know about car winterization. Regular winter car maintenance checklist will help your car drive smooth.
22
Jan
2018

There is still plenty of winter weather to come so remember it’s important that not only are you up to the challenge of hazardous winter driving conditions but also that your car can continue to meet the challenge too! Preventative vehicle maintenance is important in any season, but your winter car maintenance checklist should include some extra attention. Ask your mechanic about the items that should be on the winter service checklist so that you don’t experience a breakdown out in the cold.

Here are 7 Items to add to your Winter Car Maintenance Checklist:

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A vehicle breakdown is always unfortunate, but it's especially unfortunate during cold and dark winter months. One thing that you can do to prevent breaking down at the worst time is make sure that you schedule radiator service. You should also be aware of the signs of a bad radiator so that you can get something done immediately. The following are some of the most common indicators that your radiator is either:

  • Broken 
  • Cracked 
  • Clogged

Overheating

Overheating is a very common symptom of a radiator going bad. It indicates that the coolant cannot get where it needs to go because the radiator is not functioning properly. Depending on the type of car you have, you may see a warning light, or your temperature gauge may clue you in. It's important to get that car off the road quickly to avoid other car problems.

If you are starting to notice the signs of a bad radiator, call and schedule a radiator service now so you don't get stranded with a broken-down vehicle.
08
Jan
2018

A vehicle breakdown is always unfortunate, but it's especially unfortunate during cold and dark winter months. One thing that you can do to prevent breaking down at the worst time is make sure that you schedule radiator service. You should also be aware of the signs of a bad radiator so that you can get something done immediately. The following are some of the most common indicators that your radiator is either:

  • Broken 
  • Cracked 
  • Clogged

Overheating

Overheating is a very common symptom of a radiator going bad. It indicates that the coolant cannot get where it needs to go because the radiator is not functioning properly. Depending on the type of car you have, you may see a warning light, or your temperature gauge may clue you in. It's important to get that car off the road quickly to avoid other car problems.

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