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.
Car batteries last
longer in cold climates than in warm. Cold starts put a greater
demand on batteries, but heat is a big factor in car battery life. We can test you battery for how well it
holds a charge and to estimate how much life it has left. At
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair in Willoughby Hills we
install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us
a call at 440-373-1438 and let us help keep you
safely and economically on the road.
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Tech Question:
I’m David in Willoughby Ohio. For the last year and a half
I’ve had some battery problems. I had trouble starting my car
so I bought a new battery at a parts store in Willoughby OH.
At first everything was fine, then about six months later I
had problems starting my car again,
so I got a new battery. Again, everything was fine for another
five or six months then I had trouble starting my car again. I
went to get another battery and the parts guy said why do you
need another battery, weren’t you in a few months ago? So he
tested my battery and it was OK. Apparently I’ve been
replacing good batteries. What’s wrong with my car?
Willoughby Hills Auto Repair Answer:
Look, we can’t fault David for not knowing what’s wrong with
his car – he just didn’t have enough important information.
And frankly, neither do I.
Let’s talk about where our friend went wrong and what he
could have done. First, he was right to suspect his battery.
But if he had asked to have his car battery tested when he
first went to the auto parts store, he would have found out
that his battery was still good and would have known he needed
to take his car into Willoughby Hills Auto Repair for further
There could be any number of reasons his car wouldn’t
start. Unfortunately, he had a year and a half of unnecessary
expense and inconvenience and still doesn’t know what’s wrong.
When you find yourself in a situation like David, do yourself
a favor and talk to a professional at Willoughby
Hills Auto Repair in
Willoughby Hills. Your caring service advisor can get you on
the right track.
When that car
gives up the ghost and it’s time to replace it – brilliant Willoughby
Ohio motorists have options. First, let’s be clear that you should
always get a replacement battery that meets or exceeds your automobile
manufacturer’s specifications. But, you may have some critical special
needs. When they first put the battery into your vehicle at the
factory, the car maker had no idea where it would end up over its life
or how YOU would use it where you drive in OH. That battery was chosen
to meet the needs of a wide range of motorists. Replacement time is a
good opportunity to meet with your technician about how you use your
vehicle so you can get just the right battery.
obvious criterion is where you live – whether in Willoughby Hills or
somewhere else. Cold starts require a lot of power from your battery.
The colder the climate, the more power needed. This comes from a
combination of cold sluggish oil and the slower chemical reaction
within the battery itself when it is cold. If this sounds like you,
meet with your Willoughby Hills Auto Repair service specialist about a
battery with more Cold Cranking Amps.
The next consideration for Willoughby Hills drivers is reserve
capacity. This is the number of minutes of reserve power the battery
has under a particular load. If your driving is mostly short
stop-and-go trips around Willoughby Hills, your battery may not have
time to fully recharge while driving. You may need to tap into those
reserves to get started again. Also, modern vehicles have a lot of
always-on systems that draw on the battery – things like the security
system, remote sensors, and vehicle computers. These combine with the
electronic entertainment system, sensors, heated seats, and even
chargers for phones, tablets, and computers to put a fairly high load
on the battery. Your Willoughby Hills Auto Repair service specialist
can give you his thoughts on the reserve capacity you might need.
Most standard batteries are “wet-cell” meaning they are filled with
liquid battery acid. New Absorbed Gas Mat (AGM) batteries are
“non-spillable” which makes them safer for Willoughby Hills motorists.
They also have a longer life span and greater cycle life than wet-cell
batteries. Willoughby off-roader’s like these batteries because their
performance is not affected by steep inclines and odd angles. They are
also well suited for Willoughby Hills RV and boat owners.
Lastly, a vital consideration for Willoughby Hills motorists is
warranty. Premium batteries generally come with a longer warranty.
Warranties are typically either full-replacement (the battery is
replaced if it fails within the warranty period) or pro-rated (a
partial credit is given for the failed battery depending on how far
into the warranty period you are when it fails).
When the battery is replaced, your caring Willoughby Hills Auto Repair
service professional may commonly need to recalibrate some accessories
such as power windows and sunroofs. Also, some vehicles may need to
have the battery registered into the engine computer.
Your Willoughby Hills Auto Repair technician can help you know how
to decide which battery is right for
you and your vehicle.
Willoughby Hills Auto
Repair is a Car and Light Truck repair shop providing automobile
service for foreign & domestic cars
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SERVICE, CLUTCH REPAIRS,
AIR CONDITIONING' ELECTRONIC
FRONT END WORK, REPLACE LIGHTS,
WIPER BLADES, BATTERIES, BELTS & HOSES,
WHEEL ALIGNMENT. Serving
Northeast Ohio, Cuyahoga County, Lake County & Geauga County. City
Willoughby & Willoughby Hills,
Mentor, Kirtland & Kirtland Hills, Waite Hill, Wickliffe, Mayfield &
Mayfield Village, Euclid, Highland Heights, Gates Mills, Chardon,
South Euclid and surrounding areas.