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Whether it’s a car battery or a battery for a laptop, a cell phone or an MP3 player, any rechargeable battery can only withstand so many charge/discharge cycles before it starts to weaken and eventually fail. With the demands of engine control computers, other processors and networks, lights, radio and secondary systems like power mirrors, windows and seats, today’s cars put more of a drain on electrical systems than ever before. Here are a few signs your battery might be close to the end of its service life:
- Engine doesn’t turn over as fast as it used to, or the cranking speed runs down quickly
- You need a jump start frequently
- No lights, no radio, no start
What Do I Need To Know About Battery Replacement?
Here are a few things you need to bear in mind:
- Battery problems may not always be due to the battery itself. Battery terminals, clamps and cables can be at fault too. The cables and terminals tend to build up corrosion, which can appear as a greenish-white, fluffy deposit or even as a calcified or glassy buildup. Corrosion can prevent the battery from charging properly or delivering a charge to the electrical system; it’s easily fixed by cleaning the terminals and clamps with a wire brush. Worn or frayed cables can also be a problem.
- Heat and cold are the enemies of your battery. Heat puts a lot of stress on the battery and the entire electrical system, and cold weather slows down the chemical process that stores electricity. At 32 degrees, your car’s battery can only deliver a fraction of its rated cranking power. In addition, motor oil thickens and becomes more viscous in cold temperatures, making it harder for the starter to turn the engine over. In extreme hot or cold climates, many batteries will not last for their entire warranty life.
- A worn or loose belt can impede the alternator’s ability to charge the battery. Our technicians can test the alternator and check the belt as part of the diagnostic process.
- Car batteries aren’t a one-size-fits-all proposition. Different vehicles and different-sized engines all have different cranking-power requirements, and our service advisors and technicians can help make sure you get the right sized battery for your vehicle.
- Batteries use a lead-and-acid design to store electricity. They are environmentally hazardous and need to be disposed of properly…you can be assured that when you choose a battery replacement from Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette, LA, your used battery will be recycled safely rather than going to a landfill.
Don’t get stuck with a car that’s turning over too slowly to start (or worse yet, the discouraging “click-click-click” of a completely discharged battery). Come to Chabill’s Tire & Auto Service in Lafayette, LA and let our service department check your battery and charging system, and get you a new battery if needed!