We can help you choose the
right battery for your vehicle and lifestyle. Our staff can safely and
professionally install your battery and get you back on the road.
Your car's electrical system
powers everything from the ignition and fuel systems to accessories such
as your radio, headlights and wipers. The electrical system is, in turn,
powered by the engine. Here are the three key components of the electrical
When your car's engine is
off, the battery provides the required power to the rest of the system,
as well as during start-up (cranking). It also supplements the power
from the charging system during periods of high demand.
This is the heart of the
electrical system. It consists of three main components: the belt-driven
alternator, various electrical circuits, and a voltage regulator. The
alternator supplies power to the electrical system and recharges the
battery after your car has started. Just like it sounds, the voltage
regulator controls the voltage, keeping it within the operating range of
the electrical system.
This system consumes more
electrical power than any other component in your car. The starting system
consists of three components which work in tandem: the ignition switch,
the starter relay or solenoid, and the starter motor. The ignition
switch controls the starter solenoid, which activates the starter motor.
The starter motor then turns the engine until your car starts.
Your vehicle's battery
primarily helps to start the engine. However, it also stores energy
generated by the alternator, and runs the secondary electrical systems
or additional components in your vehicle. To help you take care of your
battery, Retailers with Tire and Service Network:
todayís Danís Auto Service auto care blog, we are focusing
on battery maintenance. Eventually your car battery will fail and
you will need to replace it. In fact, 70% donít even make it four
years. There are some things Taberg drivers can do, however, to make
their battery last a little longer.
Itís all about the flow of electrical power. When you start your
car, the battery uses power to get your engine cranking. As your
engine runs, your alternator generates electricity to run all your
electrical systems: like lights, a half dozen computers, anti-lock
brake system, traction control, power windows, electronic fuel
injectors, stability control, air conditioning, transmission servos
Ė the list goes on. Any leftover electricity goes to recharge your
car battery. Then you turn on your radio and seat heaters; maybe
plug in your cell phone and computer; the kids watch a DVD and
pretty soon there isnít much extra electricity to go back into the
Now, if you were on a long New York road trip, no sweat Ė youíd have
plenty of time to fully recharge your battery. But not if youíre
making stops around Taberg. Every time you start your car engine,
your battery takes that big hit again. Multiple starts Ė multiple
hits. By the time you get home, you have less than a full charge.
When the battery is continuously in a discharged state, it loses its
ability to fully recharge. This starts a downward spiral in your
battery life. Now when your battery is on its way to getting this
bad, your alternator is working overtime trying to keep it charged Ė
which causes the alternator to wear out prematurely. A lot of
experienced Taberg technicians suggest replacing your battery after
five years, even though it hasnít yet failed, as a maintenance item
to extend alternator life.
Now, there is something you can do to help your battery last
longer by hooking up a battery charger once a month in the summer
and every three months in winter. This will ensure your car battery
routinely has a full charge. You can do this less often in the
winter because the electrochemical process slows down when itís
colder and less damage is done when your battery is low.
Computerized battery chargers are real easy to use because they
monitor and control the charging rate to keep the battery from
overheating while itís charging.
We recommend that you ask your considerate Danís Auto Service
advisor to test your battery so you know how much life is left. If
itís good but needs a maintenance service, heíll have it cleaned up
and make sure the connections and cables are good. If itís looking
like you ought to replace it, heíll help you with a battery thatís
right for your car and driving needs.
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