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Article: Batteries and Other Tips

Quick Tips: Maintenance

Backup power and connectors: Lights off / accessories unplugged. All it takes is one light left on overnight or accessories plugged in while your car is off and guess what? Your battery is dead before you know it. If it’s too late, make sure you have jumper cables on hand, or better yet, a self-powering car battery jumper in your trunk.

Conserve energy: Your battery requires time to charge. If you take frequent short trips, this can result in inconsistent charge levels and/or a drained battery.

Professional maintenance: Always have a qualified professional inspecting your electrical systems. We offer a full electrical system check and have certified ASE technicians on staff.

Keep it cool: Parking in cooler locations (covered garages) in hotter climates can help, but your best bet is to have your battery tested, at the very least, before summer. Prepare for the worst and you may just avoid it altogether.

Clean it up: Make sure your vehicle’s battery terminals are kept clean and free of corrosion.

Timely up-keep: Always have a qualified professional maintain your electrical system and make sure to have quality replacement parts installed when existing electrical system parts fail.


Quick Tips: Jumping a Battery

Never connect the black cable to the negative (–) terminal on your dead battery. This is very dangerous, as it could result in an explosion.

Make sure you follow the instructions in your owner’s manual when jump starting your vehicle. Every car is different.

Warning: Do not, under any circumstance, attempt to connect loose wires. Unless you are a certified technician. If you mishandle the wiring, it’s very easy to short out expensive computer components and put yourself in harm’s way.


Top Questions and Answers

How do I jump start a battery?

Please refer to your owner’s manual for instructions relating to jump starting your specific vehicle. Many vehicles have crucial steps that must be followed precisely so you can protect your electrical system and have a successful jump. If you’re still experiencing issues with your battery, stop in for a battery test, and we’ll get your car back up and running in no time.

Why can’t you connect the black jumper cable to the dead battery’s negative (–) terminal?

Typically, when a person jump starts a car, sparks can occur. That’s why it is recommended that you connect the negative jumper cable to the vehicle body and not the negative post of the battery. This is so you can avoid sparks from occurring near the battery where flammable hydrogen gas may be present, resulting in a possible explosion.




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