An automotive battery is a rechargeable battery that supplies electrical energy to a motor vehicle and its main purpose is to start the engine. The average car battery lasts three to six years, but extreme cold and poor maintenance can shorten your car battery’s lifespan, leading to increased breakdowns and damage to other systems. Here are four warning signs that your car battery may need to be replaced:
Your vehicle switch on slowly when trying to start
- You hear a clicking noise when you turn on the ignition
- Your vehicle has stalled
- The headlights dim when you are idling and brighten when accelerate
Be sure your battery is in a good condition – have your tech check your battery or check it yourself. Here are some tips when handling the battery
*These tips DO NOT apply to the electric or hybrid vehicle battery systems
- Keep your battery and case clean. Dirt and other deposits can
prematurely corrode battery terminals.
- Check the cables to make sure they are firmly attached to the auto battery terminals.
- Always disconnect your battery’s negative cable first and reattach it last.
- Charge in a well-ventilated area. The process of charging a
battery releases highly flammable hydrogen.
- Handle batteries carefully. A cracked case could spill harmful chemicals and cause severe burns and/or blindness.
- Dispose of a battery in accordance with provincial, territorial, and/or local regulations.
Good Tech Auto offers wide range of auto batteries. If you have a question or your car battery needs to be checked/ replaced call us at (416)739-1717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your car probably needs a wheel alignment, if:
- Your vehicle pulls to the left or right
- The steering wheel is off center
- Shows uneven tire wear
- Unusual handling or vibration
Accidents, normal wear and tear, as well as road conditions, including: potholes and curbs can take their toll on your cars steering and suspension system, and may even disrupt alignment settings. Poor wheel alignment affects your vehicle; it can create a pull on your vehicle that can be very straining during long drives, as you are constantly fighting with your vehicle to keep straight. It can cause your tires to wear out unevenly, and therefore more quickly, it affects your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and over time, poor alignment can also damage other components and affect your safety.
Wheel alignment ensures your tires are placed in the correct position —level with the ground, point straight ahead, and parallel to each other—so tires can maintain straight-line tracking.
Proper alignment will help you maximize the life of your tires, help you save on gas, minimize wear and tear of other vehicle components and make the handling of your vehicle considerably easier.
It’s important to have a trained technician perform wheel alignments periodically.
Benefits of regular wheel alignments:
- Increase fuel efficiency (save on gas).
- Less wear and tear on tires (more mileage out of your tires).
- Less wear and tear on other parts.
- Easier and safer to drive.
- More mileage out of your tires. Proper wheel alignments ensure that your tires wear out evenly, allowing them to last longer.
- Better gas mileage. When a vehicles wheels are aligned properly, it cuts down on rolling resistance, this means, that your car doesn’t have to work as hard or burn as much fuel in order to move forward.
- Easier to drive. Aligning your vehicles tires provides for an easier drive.
- Less wear and tear on other parts. In order to keep the car straight, you need to put pressure on the steering system, and when you brake you often feel the car is pulling, indicating that the brakes need to work harder on one side than the other.
Evidence shows, that regular wheel alignment is beneficial for your car. Not only does having the wheels aligned properly save you money on gas, repairs and tires, but it also gives you the peace of mind knowing you will be safe on the road.