Benton Harbor folks know that car batteries wear out just like any other battery and need to be replaced. There are a couple of things Benton Harbor drivers should know when looking for a new battery: one is cold cranking amps and the other is reserve capacity.
Let’s start with cold cranking amps. This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in Michigan, specifically how cold it is where you live. The two factors are that the colder an engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with. The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient in the cold.
So the colder it gets in #BentonHarbor, more power is needed, but the available power drops. So if you live where it’s cold, you need a battery with more cold cranking amps than you do where it’s moderate or hot. You should always get at least as many cold cranking amps as the recommends, but may want to upgrade if you live where it gets real cold.
An important note: #Batteries may also list the Cranking Amps – CA – number. It is the Cold Cranking Amps – or CCA – that is the number here. CCA is the number to use in your comparisons of Benton Harbor auto batteries.
Now with all this talk of cold Benton Harbor temperatures, it’s for Benton Harbor drivers to note that heat is the real enemy of long battery life. In other words, the damage that’s done over the Benton Harbor summer months shows up with the increased demands on the battery when Michigan weather turns cold.
Now on to reserve capacity: It’s a measurement of the number of minutes of reserve power the battery has at a given load. The number is more important these days because of parasitic drain. Parasitic drain is the battery energy that’s used when the key is off. So, the power drawn by the security system, the remote start system, even the power the computers require to maintain their memory.
Reserves are also needed when you make very short trips between Benton Harbor and Benton Harbor. You’re not driving long enough for the vehicle battery to recover the energy it used to start the engine.
So go with the minimum recommended by your and upgrade if you need more. Talk with your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Pro Muffler & Brake about options. If you need more from your vehicle battery, a high capacity battery may be called for. #Batteries are a big ticket item, so the warranty gives piece of mind. Be sure to ask about the warranty at Pro Muffler & Brake so you know what you’re getting.
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2094 South M-139
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022
In today’s Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc auto care blog, we are focusing on battery maintenance. Eventually your car battery will fail and you will need to replace it. In fact, 70% don’t even make it four years. There are some things Southwestern Michigan auto owners can do, however, to make their battery last a little longer.
It’s all about the flow of electrical power. When you start your minivan, the battery uses power to get your engine cranking. As your engine runs, your alternator generates electricity to run all your electrical systems: like lights, a half dozen computers, anti-lock brake system, traction control, power windows, electronic fuel injectors, stability control, air conditioning, transmission servos – the list goes on. Any leftover electricity goes to recharge your minivan battery. Then you turn on your radio and seat heaters; maybe plug in your cell phone and computer; the kids watch a DVD and pretty soon there isn’t much extra electricity to go back into the battery.
Now, if you were on a long MI road trip, no sweat – you’d have plenty of time to fully recharge your battery; but not if you’re making stops around Benton Harbor. Every time you start your minivan engine, your battery takes that big hit again. Multiple starts – multiple hits. By the time you get home, you have less than a full charge.
When the battery is continuously in a discharged state, it loses its ability to fully recharge. This starts a downward spiral in your battery life. Now when your battery is on its way to getting this bad, your alternator is working overtime trying to keep it charged – which causes the alternator to wear out prematurely. A lot of experienced technicians suggest replacing your battery after five years, even though it hasn’t yet failed, as a maintenance item to extend alternator life.
Now, there is something you can do to help your battery last longer by hooking up a battery charger once a month in the summer and every three months in winter. This will ensure your car, truck, SUV or minivan battery routinely has a full charge. You can do this less often in the winter because the electrochemical process slows down when it’s colder and less damage is done when your battery is low. Computerized battery chargers are real easy to use because they monitor and control the charging rate to keep the battery from overheating while it’s charging.
We recommend that you ask your knowledgeable Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc advisor to test your battery so you know how much life is left. If it’s good but needs maintenance service, he’ll have it cleaned up and make sure the connections and cables are good. If it’s looking like you ought to replace it, he’ll help you with a battery that’s right for your minivan and driving needs.
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Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc
2094 South M-139
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
At Pro Muffler & Brake Shop Inc in Benton Harbor MI (49022) we install quality NAPA replacement parts.