Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator.
Driving around Corvallis is a lot of work for your alternator and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacement because your vehicle won't run without one.
Come see your friendly and professional service advisor at Clayton's Auto Service to learn more.
The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Clayton's Auto Service when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.
Batteries are a big ticket item for most Corvallis drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.
Your Clayton's Auto Service service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for Oregon drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner.
One thing all Corvallis drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Clayton's Auto Service can help maintain your battery.
Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.
Also, making sure you have a full charge every month or so extends battery life. Either an extended drive at freeway speeds around the Corvallis are or using a battery charger will preserve your battery’s ability to hold a full charge.
Hello Corvallis drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Corvallis, here's some auto advice to help you.
There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.
The weather where you live in Oregon also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder the vehicle engine, the more power it takes to get it started. Also, cold Oregon weather reduces the electrical efficiency of the battery, which reduces the amount of energy available in the battery to start the engine. Thus, in freezing temperatures, you need more power to start an engine, but you have less power available to get it started.
Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Clayton's Auto Service in Corvallis can help you choose an appropriate battery for your vehicle and your lifestyle. If you need extra power owing to cold weather or a need for more reserve capacity, you may want to choose a heavy-duty battery. Just make sure it fits into your vehicle. An oversized battery may give you the power you need, but it's a serious safety hazard if the terminals come into contact with other parts of the vehicle.
Keep in mind that preventive maintenance preformed at Clayton's Auto Service, and good car care, can extend the life of your battery. Judicious use of electric gadgets and good driving habits is and can help you get the most out of your battery.
It's important for Corvallis drivers to know battery basics. First, let's talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold Oregon weather. Most Corvallis area drivers think it's cold weather because that's when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold vehicle engine.
However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short Corvallis trips because the alternator doesn't have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Corvallis drivers can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter.
As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren't capable of taking a full charge like they used to, and your vehicle alternator has to work overtime to keep up. This causes your alternator to wear out early.
If you're pushing 4 to 5 years on your battery, see your friendly and knowledgeable Clayton's Auto Service service assistant for a battery test to see if it's recommended to replace it. Not only can you avoid getting stranded with a dead battery on a Oregon road, but you'll save unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle alternator.