WHAT DOES A CAR BATTERY DO?
A battery has one main function, to send an electric current to the starter and ignition, which powers the engine. Once the vehicle is running, the alternator powers the vehicle’s electrical systems. The battery will supply current to the vehicle if the alternator is unable to handle the electrical load. Depending on the weather, your vehicle’s battery may behave differently. In cold temperatures, the battery may need a full charge to start the vehicle. Hot weather can cause the fluid in the battery to evaporate which can decrease the battery’s power or cause it to fail.
DOES A CAR BATTERY NEED MAINTENANCE?
Most batteries in today’s market are flush-top “maintenance-free” batteries. In Arizona, winters can get very cold and summers extremely hot. Although your battery may be maintenance-free, it’s important to remember the temperatures can absolutely take a toll on your battery. New Dimensions Automotive includes a battery inspection with each oil change at no extra cost. The inspection includes checking for loose or corroded brackets, inspecting the battery case for leaks, cracks, or swelling, and testing the battery amperage for a pass/fail. If your battery needs replacement, New Dimensions Automotive has certified technicians that can install a new battery and keep your personal settings stored, quickly and at a fair price. Give our service department a call at (480) 218-0096 if you suspect your battery needs replaced.
How do I know if my battery is failing?
Having your battery inspected by New Dimensions Automotive during routine oil changes is the best way to stay ahead of a failing battery. However, there are some warning signs to watch for:
Turn the key but the engine is slowly cranking.
Starts, but slower than usual. May have to give it gas to start.
Dreadful sound of “Click”
An intermittent spark can cause fuel to build in a cylinder resulting in a backfire.
DIM HEADLIGHTS OR ELECTRONICS
Dim lights can be a battery or alternator failure or both.
Leaking battery gas can smell like rotten eggs.
White corroded terminals or brackets can cause a battery to fail.
SWELLING, CRACKING, OR LEAKING CASE
A damaged case means the battery needs to be replaced ASAP.
Batteries are typically designed to last 3-5 years, however, Arizona’s extreme heat and your driving habits do play a role in the lifespan of the battery.
Battery diagnostics and replacement
If you suspect you have a bad battery give New Dimensions Automotivein Mesa, AZ a call at (480) 218-0096 or stop in for a visit. Our certified technicians can test, and if necessary replace your battery without losing all your personal electronics settings.
We offer OEM dealer direct batteries plus aftermarket options from ACDelco, Super Start, Duralast, Optima, and more, all backed with a warranty. Give our professionals a call at (480) 218-0096 to discuss which battery is best for your specific vehicle.