Batteries provide the electrical power essential to vehicle operation. Because they play such a vital role within the vehicle’s operation, batteries should be given attention while conducting routine maintenance on your vehicle. A couple of simple steps can help car owners prevent power interruptions and inconvenient dead batteries. Remember, as the weather gets cooler, batteries are going to have to work harder to deliver the amperage required to start your vehicle; this means that the time for car battery replacements and maintenance is during autumn, not winter. The team at JK Auto Garage is here to help with battery testing, replacement, and other vehicle care services, including replacing the starter and alternator.
The following is a brief overview of the electrical system that makes transportation possible:
Make Regular Battery Testing a Habit
The best way to know if your battery is getting low on power is to test it on a regular basis. Annual testing is a recommended vehicle battery maintenance strategy. Batteries are typically priced according to the number of years the battery is good for. While useful life has the potential to vary a little bit, in general, you can expect your battery to comply with the manufacturer’s stated lifespan. Because batteries with a longer life tend to cost more, buying a second-hand battery is not recommended. Even with a tester customers are unlikely to be getting the full value of any battery they purchase unless a brand-new item is acquired from an auto parts dealer or service shop.
Regular testing will help you keep an eye on the available charge left in your car’s battery. As the charge decreases start shopping for replacements.
Keep Terminals Clean
The battery terminals provide safe means to connect the battery’s power cells with the electrical system of the vehicle; this occurs via metal clamps connected to a bundled collection of wires. In optimal conditions, these clamps and terminals fit firmly together and thereby provide the correct flow of power. However, dirt, grease, and grime can interfere with this connection and interfere with the electrical current. The result is interrupted or unavailable battery power.
Battery maintenance requires thinking ahead and planning for the driving you intend to do in the future. If you have any questions about the best way to care for your vehicle’s battery, just speak with a member of the JK Auto Garage team.
The charging system is the life force of your vehicle's electrical system, consisting of three main mechanisms: the alternator, various circuits, and the voltage regulator. The alternator:
Provides power to the electrical system, and
Recharges the battery when the car is running.
The circuits act as conduits for electrical power. The voltage regulator controls the voltage passed through the circuits. Remember, all of these components require consistent attention and maintenance. It's not just your battery that needs to be replaced; if any components fail, your power source is reduced to a lifeless, twenty pound paper weight.
It may seem obvious that the starting system turns your vehicle's engine on, but did you know that this process consumes more electrical power than anything else your car does? The starting system consists of three components working one after another. These components include: the ignition switch, the starter relay (or solenoid), and the starter motor.
Here's how it works:
Turning the ignition causes a small amount of current to pass through the starter relay, causing a stronger current to flow through the battery cables and into the starter motor. The starter motor cranks the engine, forcing the piston to create enough suction that draws a fuel and air mixture into the cylinder. The ignition system creates a spark that ignites the mixture and your engine starts.