Your car's starting and charging system is the life source of your engine. Consisting of the alternator, battery and starter, it supplies the energy needed to start the engine and maintain all the electrical elements of the carfrom the headlights to the stereo.
When the charging system fails, an indicator light will activate. The most common charging system failure is a loose, worn or broken alternator belt, so have it checked first.
It is extremely important to have your starting and charging system checked by a trained technician on a regular basis.
A thorough starting and charging system inspection should include the following:
Your car's batterythe heart of the electrical system
Your car's battery is the heart of its electrical system. It supplies the power needed to run your vehicle's ignition system, starter, lights and other electrical equipment. With the proper maintenance your battery should provide many years of reliable service. To obtain maximum performance and extend the life of your battery, regular inspections from a trained technician are recommended.
How can I increase the life of my battery?
Keeping your battery and engine well maintained is the best way to extend the life of your battery.
Turning off unnecessary accessories and lights BEFORE starting your car will decrease the load on the battery while cranking, especially when it is cold. Leaving your lights and other accessories on can result in a fully dischargedor ruinedbattery. If this should occur, have the battery fully recharged and determine the state of charge. This will tell you if the battery is capable of holding a charge or if it needs to be replaced.
Today's batteries do not require a lot of care. To insure a full life of service from your battery, make sure the top surface remains clean and dry. Its fluid and connections should be checked:
What should I look for when buying a new battery?
In the event your current battery will no longer hold a charge, you'll need to purchase a replacement. And with the many choices available today, selecting the right battery for your vehicle can become overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be if you know what to look for. Highlighted below are some important features to consider before purchasing a battery. Depending on the climate where you live, certain ratings can play a more important role than others.