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BATTERIES

 

Winter is tough on Batteries,

for two main reasons

The engines are far harder to turn over because all the oil inside them has turned to molasses. This demands much more current from a battery, and to add insult to injury, that battery cannot produce its normal amount of energy because of the cold. The chemical reactions that generate electricity are slower at lower temperatures such as we experience in Northeast Ohio.

And the cables coming loose may be a problem too. The huge current demands of the starter motor – 200 to 400 amps - can cause the battery clamps to heat up if the connection at the clamp to post isn't perfect. When the car starts, the connection will cool off. And that leaves a poor connection. And a poor connection can prevent the battery from getting fully charged. A discharged battery, unlike one that's fully charged, can freeze, damaging it internally.

Don’t let yourself get stranded during the coldest part of the year. Make sure to check your battery before it’s too late, or bring your car into Nordonia Tire & Service and we will check it for you. Look for our seasonal promotions that may include a full check-up along with an oil change and tire rotation and have peace of mind that your vehicle has been properly prepared for Northeast Ohio's brutal Winters.

 

 

We can help you choose the right battery for your vehicle and lifestyle. Our staff can safely and professionally install your battery and get you back on the road.

Nordonia Goodyear Tire can Service your electrical system including the battery, ignition system, starter solenoid, voltage regulator, alternator and other parts of the auto charging system.

 

Your car's electrical system powers everything from the ignition and fuel systems to accessories such as your radio, headlights and wipers. The electrical system is, in turn, powered by the engine. Here are the three key components of the electrical system:

Battery check, testing and replacement at Nordonia Goodyear Tire and Service. If your battery will not take a charge, have one of our technicians inspect your battery and auto charging system.

    Battery

  • When your car's engine is off, the battery provides the required power to the rest of the system, as well as during start-up (cranking). It also supplements the power from the charging system during periods of high demand.

     

    Charging System

  • This is the heart of the electrical system. It consists of three main components: the belt-driven alternator, various electrical circuits, and a voltage regulator. The alternator supplies power to the electrical system and recharges the battery after your car has started. Just like it sounds, the voltage regulator controls the voltage, keeping it within the operating range of the electrical system.

     

    Starting System

  • This system consumes more electrical power than any other in your car. The starting system consists of three components which work in tandem: the ignition switch, the starter relay or solenoid, and the starter motor. The ignition switch controls the starter solenoid, which activates the starter motor. The starter motor then turns the engine until your car starts.


Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear’s Guide To Battery Maintenance

 

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In today’s Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear 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 Northfield drivers can do, however, to make their battery last a little longer.

It’s all about the flow of electrical power. When you start your SUV, 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 SUV 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 OH road trip, no sweat – you’d have plenty of time to fully recharge your battery. But not if you’re making stops around Northfield. Every time you start your SUV 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 Northfield 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 SUV 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 thoughtful Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear advisor to test your battery so you know how much life is left. If it’s good but needs a 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 SUV and driving needs.

 

 


We Test Batteries At Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear In Northfield

 

We Test Batteries At Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear In Northfield

Today’s Northfield vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks, windows and sun roofs. And then we have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers, and DVD players. We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos.

 

Plus there are all the SUV engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off. And of course, summer heat can take a real toll on battery life.

Fortunately, battery technology has given Northfield drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements.
 But the fact is; SUV batteries just wear out over time. Eventually, every battery gets to the point where it cannot hold enough of a charge to start your car. Sometimes batteries need to be replaced because they have developed a leak.

 

Replacement batteries come in all shapes and sizes. Some Northfield cars have limited space that requires a specially shaped battery to fit. Larger SUV engines require more powerful batteries to get them started. If you live in a cold climate you will need a more powerful battery because engines are harder to start when it is cold.

 

In Northeast Ohio, batteries come in “good”, “better”, and “best” grades. More expensive batteries may have a longer warranty and are guaranteed to last longer. As with most things Northfield auto owners need to purchase to keep their cars in good condition, paying a little more up front saves money in the long run. Ask your thoughtful Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear service advisor to test your battery and advise you on how much life it has left.

 


 

Battery Replacement In Northfield

 

Battery Replacement In Northfield

Car batteries wear out just like any other battery and need to be replaced. There are a couple of things Northfield SUV owners should know when looking for a new car 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 SUV engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live around Northfield, 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 SUV 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 Macedonia, Nordonia and Northfield Ohio, more power is needed, but the available power drops.

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 manufacturer recommends, but may want to upgrade at Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear 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 important number here. CCA is the number to use in your comparisons.

 

Now with all this talk of cold temperatures in Northfield, it’s important to note that heat is the real enemy of long battery life. In other words, the damage that’s done over the hot summer months in Northfield shows up with the increased demands on the SUV battery when the 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 SUV security system, the remote start system, even the power the SUV computers require to maintain their memory.

 

Reserves are also needed when you make very short trips around Northfield. You’re not driving long enough for the battery to recover the energy it used to start the SUV engine.

 

So go with the minimum recommended by your manufacturer and upgrade if you need more. Talk with your thoughtful Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear service advisor about options. If you need more from your battery, a larger capacity battery may be called for.

 

Batteries are a big ticket item for most Macedonia, Nordonia and Northfield Ohio motorists, so the warranty gives peace of mind. Be sure to ask about the car battery warranty at Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear so you know what you’re getting. At Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear, we have been providing quality auto service in Northfield for 29 years.


 

Battery

 

Batteries are a huge part of modern life in Macedonia, Nordonia and Northfield Ohio. I mean, how many battery chargers do you have?

 

Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into our Northfield Ohio service center and need a new battery, they’re really not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that70 percent of batteries don’t make it for 4 years.

 

There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty or greasy, let us know at Nordonia Tire and Service and we can clean it off. A dirty battery runs hotter and that shortens its life. If your battery terminals are corroded, let us take a look at that too. We can clean them, and if the corrosion has gotten into the battery cables, we can replace them.

 

Also running your battery way down is bad for it: Things like running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the car turned off can deeply deplete your battery. The typical battery can only take about 10 of those deep cycle depletions before it gives up the ghost.

 

Because we often take short trips around Northfield with lots of stops for errands, our batteries can end up not getting fully recharged just by driving around. That also shortens battery life. You can hook up a good quality automatic battery charger at home from time to time. We recommend charging once a month during hot months and every three months during cold months.

 

Now when it’s finally time to get a new battery, we can help you find the right replacement. We’ll always make sure to meet your manufacturer’s recommendations. Now if you have special needs – like live in a very cold climate or run a lot of electrical accessories, we can look at an upgrade that’ll give you the power you need.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nordonia Goodyear Tire and Service has been servicing Northfield, Macedonia, Nordonia and surrounding communities on Cleveland's Southeast side for many years. From tires and brakes to muffler service and engine diagnostics, Nordonia Goodyear tire and auto service can provide you with all your car repair and preventive maintenance needs.

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