Vehicle Battery Service

Hello, welcome to Pat and Tom’s J.C. Motors. Let’s talk batteries. It seems like everything runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we’re most concerned with here at J.C. Motors are those in our customer’s vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remotes, they wear out and need to be replaced. When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. For replacement do you focus on Cold Cranking Amps or Reserve Capacity?

Cold Cranking Amps (CCA)

The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live, specifically how cold it gets. (Many people have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning).

So if your vehicle spends time where it’s cold, you need a battery with more cold cranking amps than you do where it’s moderate or hot. The battery that originally came with your vehicle was based on averages. At J.C. Motors, we like to remind drivers that they should always get at least as many cold cranking amps as their vehicle manufacturer recommends but you may want to upgrade if you live where the nights get below freezing.

Reserve Capacity (RC)

Modern vehicles run on 12-volt electrical systems. Today’s vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. Plus, all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers and DVD players.

We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus, there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors, start and stop systems, and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off.

Fortunately, technology advancements have developed resilient batteries that are able to meet both CCA and RC requirements like our ACDelco 18, 24, 30, 36 and 42-month full replacement (not prorated) batteries.

Sometimes there is quite a price range at auto part stores for batteries that will work in a particular car. Think of it as “good,” “better” and “best.” More expensive batteries have longer, better warranties and are guaranteed to last longer. As with most things, paying a little more up front saves in the long run.

But the fact is, batteries just wear out over time. Eventually, every battery gets to the point where it cannot hold enough of a charge to start your vehicle and it has to be replaced. You can count on Pat and Tom’s JC Motors to help you choose the right battery for your vehicle and maintain it.

Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:

First, your vehicle won’t start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn’t working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well.

Batteries are very sensitive to changes in the weather. The temperature really affects auto battery performance. A battery inspection is an important part of your spring and fall checkups. Next time you’re under your hood, take a look at your battery.

  • Is it clean and free of residue? A dirty battery will drain.
  • Is there corrosion at the terminals where the battery cables attach to the battery? If there is, the corrosion can interfere with how efficiently electricity passes back and forth from the battery.
  • Are the cables loose? Make sure they are tight.
  • Are the cables themselves corroded? Corrosion can actually eat through the battery cables.

J.C. Motors service advisors can inspect and test your battery. If the inspection warrants a cleaning, have it done. If the battery test indicates that replacement of the battery or cables is in order, you will be lucky to have caught the problem before it becomes a major inconvenience.

Your battery will also last longer if you keep your fuel system and ignition system clean. It’s all part of your commitment to regular maintenance, to keep your vehicle running at its best for a long, long time.

Note: There’s nothing like that sinking feeling when you turn the key and nothing happens in your vehicle.  A lot of us are quick to blame the battery.  But it may instead be your alternator that’s failing.

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