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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
your thoughtful Nordonia Tire and Service Goodyear service
advisor to test your
battery and advise
you on how much life it has left.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Batteries are a huge part of
modern life in
Macedonia, Nordonia and Northfield Ohio. I mean, how many
battery chargers do you have?
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
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
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
Because we often take short trips around Northfield with lots of
stops for errands, our batteries can end up not getting fully
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.