No one wants to walk out to their car after work to find that it will not start. After a long day, a dead battery is the last thing anyone needs. Most of us here at Quality Auto Care are simply ready to return to our families as the day comes to a close and even though we look forward to offering the best customer care for all of your automotive needs, surprise battery maintenance issues can sneak up on us too. We know that towing services can be expensive and often a wait is required. This can all be avoided by performing seasonal battery checks on your car. Now that Spring is in full swing here in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, it’s time to pay attention to the health of your car battery. The following three examples are ways of keeping your battery healthy as we transition from season to season.
First and foremost, keep your battery clean. Cleaning the battery at the start of each season helps to remove any build up of corrosion or dirt. Build up of corrosion around the battery’s connectors can disconnect your battery’s power supply and cause the battery to become unreliable. Be sure to check the tightness of all terminals. Not only will this ensure that the connections are secure, but it also gives you the piece of mind that there are no leaks – a surefire cause of damage both the battery and the interior of the engine.
Second, disconnect the battery when you will be away for long periods of time. If the car isn’t being driven, a slow drain on the battery continues as the car stays dormant. When a battery remains idle for too long, the typical charge suffers from a lack of use. This battery neglect may also effect the alternator, causing an unreliable start-up and intermittent responsiveness. If going on vacation for more than two weeks, disconnecting the battery is highly recommended. This will keep even those small battery drains such as the clock or automatic locking system from draining the battery of life and damaging the alternator. Once you return to regular, every day driving, be sure to reconnect the battery tightly to avoid a loss of start up in the future.
Most importantly, be sure to drive regularly. It is the job of the alternator to recharge the battery while your vehicle is being driven, but that charge may suffer if the vehicle is not driven regularly or, in some cases, if your vehicle only makes short trips as opposed to driving for longer than a half hour. When opening up the vehicle’s engine for at least thirty minutes, it gives your car the ability to recharge its battery the way it was intended to.
On average, a car battery will last between three and five years. To get the most life out of your battery, proper maintenance is required and that’s where we come in. Bring your car in to Quality Auto Care for a regular maintenance appointment and we’ll be happy to check your battery during our comprehensive diagnostic. If you have noticed a lagging, or simply wish for peace of mind for your family, give us a call today. We will be happy to make you comfortable while you wait for service. Have a cup of coffee on us while our expert technicians diagnose any issues. Once our diagnostic is complete, one of our experts will speak with you personally about any suggested repairs to ensure that you feel fully informed of all of the options. If time is an issue, please take advantage of our complimentary shuttle service. We’d be glad to get you back to the pace of every day life even if your car needs a time out.
Keep in mind that our Winter Maintenance Special is valid through April 30th, so take advantage today!
Your vehicle needs clean fuel to perform well. When your fuel is dirty, your fuel injectors can get clogged. If this happens, your engine might not get the correct amount of fuel to run well. Not only can this hamper your fuel economy driving around Wheat Ridge and surrounding areas, but it can also damage the valves in the combustion chamber due to harmful buildup.
This is the reason that all cars, trucks and SUV vehicles have a fuel filter that sits between the fuel tank and the engine. It is the job of the filter to keep dirt and other contaminants out of the fuel stream. Given the fuel filter’s role, it will get clogged with debris over time and need changed.
If your vehicle is sputtering at high speeds or when you accelerate quickly, it is quite possible that you need your fuel filter replaced.
Also, you may discover that you need more regular fuel filter changes as your vehicle ages. Over time, more rust and sediment will accumulate in the fuel tank and will find its way into the fuel system. It’s the fuel filter that helps to protect the expensive parts of the engine and you’re your fuel economy so it’s worth being proactive before you are stuck with a more costly, unanticipated repair.