Your car or truck battery is among the most essential elements of its functionality and driving from point A to point B safe and sound. For that reason, the certified service department at Premier Chevrolet of Carlsbad is proud to provide comprehensive car battery service to drivers in Carlsbad, Encinitas, and Oceanside areas. Our skilled auto technicians understand how to efficiently diagnose any troubles you might have that happen to be stemming from your vehicle battery.
There are numerous reasons why a vehicle won’t start. If it’s related to the battery, the starter will generally not crank the engine. This is the telltale “click, click, click” you hear when you turn the key or push the start button that lasts for about 10 seconds. The battery voltage and charging information in the Driver Information Center can also make you aware if the alternator is not charging the battery properly, or if a loose battery or starter cable is causing a problem. To make sure voltage output is correct since a weak or dead battery can cause significant damage to electrical system parts, like alternators and starters, it’s important to have your battery serviced and checked regularly.
Do I Charge My Battery After I Jump-Start?
In most instances, driving will recharge your vehicle's battery fully in 1-2 hours, unless there is an issue with something else. If your vehicle does not restart after driving it for a while, you need to have it properly diagnosed. Batteries do wear out over time, but issues such as improperly connected accessories, infrequent startup, hot temperatures, and high cranking currents caused by freezing temperatures can also lead to battery failure. Your car’s battery and electrical system work as a team, you can’t have one without the other. It is a never-ending story of dependence.
Can Preventive Maintenance Improve Battery Life?
The best thing that you can do is have your certified service technician perform a test on your battery when you get your oil changed. This helps monitor the status of the battery and helps prevent you from being in a situation where your vehicle won’t start. The certified technicians can determine your batteries health, give you an idea of how much “life” your battery has left, predict the low or high temperature that may cause your battery to fail, and determine if the alternator is generating the proper amount of voltage to keep your battery charged and your electrical systems performing as expected.
How Often Should I Change My Battery?
Vehicle batteries last 3-5 years on average depending on several factors. Those factors include driving habits and climate. In general, warmer climates will shorten the life of a battery. Also, long periods spent in a discharged state tend to increase damage due to sulfation. Winter weather can also be hard on your battery. Slow-starting motors and dimming headlights are a few warning signs that your battery is low, and needs to be replaced.
Let your spring vehicle maintenance include the Certified Technicians at Premier Chevrolet of Carlsbad. Go online and schedule your battery check today!