Car Battery Replacement
Avoid the Most Frustrating Inconvenience -
A Dead Car Battery
Think of all the devices we have nowadays that rely on batteries and chargers to keep them going throughout the day. Well, the battery in your vehicle works in a similar fashion as it’s the power source responsible for firing up the engine and other accessories as well. With so much importance, it is always an inconvenience when it fails to do its job.
A car battery’s most significant task is providing the engine with the jolt of electricity needed to start it up. It’s also responsible for powering other electrical components in the vehicle such as the lights and wipers. It goes without saying that nobody wants to deal with a dead battery, which is why the best way to handle your battery is to be proactive. However, if your vehicle isn’t starting there may be more than one culprit; it could also be the starter, alternator, or spark plugs. So, how do you determine if it is truly your battery that’s failing? Be on the lookout for slower engine crank than usual, issues with electrical components, a warning light in the dash, a swollen battery case, a pungent smell, or if you know your battery’s lifespan is near its maximum potential.
If you sense your battery is having issues or that it’s on its way out, then stop by Safeway Auto Service where we have State Certified Technicians available to diagnose and resolve your battery problems. The last thing we want to happen is for your car battery to die and leave you stranded or put you in a dangerous situation.
And, that’s not all. If you have concerns with your brakes or the under-carriage of your vehicle we can take a look at them for you upon request. It’s simple, we are committed to providing the best service in the most efficient manner possible at Safeway.
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Car Battery FAQ's
Be on the lookout for signs such as:
- Slow Start – if your vehicle cranks slower and takes longer to start up
- Check Engine Light – this may appear in your dash when the battery is weak
- Random Warning Lights – if a “low coolant” warning is displayed
- Low Battery Fluid – the lower the fluid, the closer it is to replacement
First, check to see if you have any accessories or devices plugged-in that may be draining the battery. Some other possible factors to think about are if you make a lot of short trips, especially in cold weather, then there may not be enough time for the alternator to recharge after starting the vehicle. In addition, the battery may simply be at the end of its useable lifespan and needs to be replaced. That’s why we’re here to assist you with that at Safeway Auto Service.
First, you will need two things:
- A set of jumper cables
- Another vehicle, whether it’s family, friend, or a good Samaritan willing to help
Follow the steps below for a jump start:
- Both cars must be close together for the jumper cables to reach, then turn both cars off.
- Open the hood and locate the battery for both vehicles. On the battery, there will be two terminals, a red one marked positive (+) and a black one marked negative (-).
– Be sure NOT to connect the positive (red) part of the jumper cable to a negative (black) battery terminal, or vice versa.
- Under the hood of the vehicle with the dead battery, locate a metal area (you will use this later). It can be any metal surface as long as it is not too close to the battery. The side of the car should suffice in most cases.
- Connect a positive (red) jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the dead battery.
- Connect the other positive (red) jumper cable to the positive (+) terminal of the good battery.
- Connect a negative (black) jumper cable to the negative (-) terminal of the good battery.
- Connect the other negative (black) jumper cable to the metal part (from step 3) in the vehicle with the dead battery.
- You’re done connecting! Start the car with the good battery.
- Wait a few minutes (approximately 2-5 min.), then start the car with the dead battery.
If the car starts successfully:
- Remove the jumper cables, start with the negative (black) clamps.
If the car does not start:
- Wait a few more minutes, then attempt to start the car with the dead battery again.
The battery in your vehicle provides power to start your engine and run electrical accessories such as the lights, ignition, radio, and others. It does this with chemical reactions within the battery itself to create the electrical energy necessary to power your car. It produces voltage that travels to the ignition, allowing the vehicle to start up. Besides starting the engine, the battery also stabilizes the voltage to keep it running as you drive.
Yes – we welcome all vehicle makes, models, and ages for battery service and other appointments at Safeway.