When You Need To Replace Your Battery

When You Need To Replace Your Battery

It is common knowledge that all vehicles need at least one car battery to support its electrical systems.  It is also common knowledge that if you neglect it, you will not have a dependable vehicle and will need a car battery replacement.

Here are some basic facts you may want to know:

  • Check-ups – Have your auto mechanic check the load levels at every oil change if your car battery is over 2 years old.  A weak battery that is not storing enough power will cause the alternator to work harder and possibly cause premature alternator failure.  Dirty or corroded terminals can severely reduce the lifespan of the car battery and alternator.
  • Basic Health – In order to prevent a premature car battery replacement, check terminals and cables.  Loose or dirty cables are a common “no start” condition. Cable ends and terminals should be cleaned with a wire brush and light sand paper periodically to remove any corrosion build up.   Spray coatings for terminals are helpful in reducing the formation of corrosion.
  • Load – How much a “load” or drain can be placed on the electrical system before the stored electricity in the battery begins to discharge itself and needs to be recharged?  It is not uncommon for batteries to go completely “flat” without ever giving a warning signal.
  • Replacement – If a car battery replacement is necessary, the new battery should be the same size, have the same cable connections, and should be the same electrical capacity as the original.  Your mechanic can help you identify and install the proper car battery for your vehicle.

Need a quality car battery replacement or service from car battery specialists?  Contact the ASE Certified Technicians at Magic Auto Center.  They will be happy to help you. Our auto shop in Valencia CA also proudly serves residents in the areas of Newhall and Santa Clarita.