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Hello Phoenix, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery, they will eventually wear out and die. When you find out its time to get a new battery here’s some helpful tips to remember.
Let’s talk about the Amps in a battery…
There are two measurements to understand 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 Arizona weather also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder weather means, the more power it takes to get it started. So, if you live or regularly visit in the colder climate of Sedona or Flagstaff areas, it is important to have a battery with more cold cranking amps than if you live in the warmer area of Phoenix.
The original battery that was installed in your vehicle may not have the appropriate number of cold cranking amps for your area. Its important to check the manufacturer’s recommendations and get at least that number of cold cranking amps, you need for your environment.
Next is the Reserve Capacity…
Reserve capacity is the number of minutes your battery can maintain essential functions in your vehicle without being recharged. There are two things that affect the reserve capacity. The first is something most people have never heard of … parasitic drain. Your sedan has power systems that must be kept running while the engine is off. These may include the security system, the remote start systems, and any computer systems. The number and power requirements of these systems has drastically increased over the last 10+ years. This has increased the need for more reserve capacity in your battery. Short drives around town doesn’t allow enough time for the battery to recover the energy that was used to start the car, so the short trips require the use of reserve capacity as well.
Selecting the correct size Battery…
Gary and Tim can help you choose an appropriate battery for your vehicle and your lifestyle. If your vehicle needs extra power, if you’re going to cold weather or a need for more reserve capacity, you may want to choose a heavy-duty battery. Our guys can help with this and help select an Interstate Battery that fits in your vehicle. Selecting the correct size battery is important, 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.
Car batteries can run on the higher side of cost, so you may want to consider the warranty when purchasing. Pro-rated warranties will give you credit for a portion of the battery if the battery fails during the warranty period. The amount of credit will depend on the amount of time you have used the battery. A free replacement warranty will replace your battery if it fails during the warranty period.
Keep in mind that preventive maintenance and good car care can extend the life of your battery. We are here to help keep you and your vehicle up to date on all scheduled services to extend the full life of your vehicle.
Until Next Time….
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