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Battery Care - Winter prep

Getting a Charge out of your Car's Battery There's nothing but a loud buzzing noise coming from under the hood when you try to start your car. Jumper cables get you up and scurrying to work--but you need another jump to get home. Time to pull some maintenance on the battery. Regular maintenance on your car's battery will extend it's life and save you money. Automotive batteries have a finite life span. Undercharging, overcharging and heat all team up to degrade your battery. Poor electrical connections make it more difficult for even a good battery to do its job. And again, shorten the useful life span of the battery. ALL CHARGED UP Start any battery maintenance program by checking open-cell voltage, either with a dedicated battery tester or a voltmeter. With the battery fully charged and all electrical drains-dome light, warning buzzer, etc.-shut down, the voltage across the terminals should be 12.5 to 12.6 volts. If the battery is not completely charged, but s ... read more

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Hot weather affects battery life

When you think of a dead car battery, you probably think about it being the dead of winter. You try to start your car one frigid morning and nothing happens. It's true that battery failures can occur in cold weather but that's not usually what has caused the problem. The drain on the battery's resources most likely occurred during the summer's hot weather. According to the Car Care Council a group representing automotive repair shops, your battery is more likely to fail in summer than in winter. "Summer heat is the real culprit," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Many battery problems start long before the temperatures drop. Heat, more than cold, shortens battery life." Doesn't last forever No battery lasts forever. When you buy one, the label usually tells you how long you can expect it to last. Five to 7 years is not unusual as long as the battery is operated under normal conditions. Extremely hot weather and overcha ... read more

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How to jump start your car

The dreaded dead battery doesn't always have to result in a call for road side assistance if you're prepared and follow a few simple steps. Properly applied booster cables can save the day and return a stranded motorist back to the roadway in short order. One consideration is that modern vehicles are very sensitive to voltage variation and improper battery boosting can result in expensive computer module damage. When in doubt, double check - the simple rule is red to red terminals and black to ground. This video will show you the correct way to boost a vehicle with out damage to either the vehicle with the dead battery or the boosting vehicle. A good set of high quality jumper cables can save the inconvenience that results from a light left on, lenghty radio play while the engine is turned off, or similar battery draw. Many of the newer cars draw a fair amount of power to cycle through many parameter checks and will draw done the battery in the course of as little as a co ... read more

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