1.How does my battery work and why is it important? 

Your Logan area mechanic can help you understand how your car battery works and why it is important. They will likely explain that it is an essential part of your vehicle. 

A car battery works just like all other car batteries. They convert chemical energy into electrical energy. This is important for vehicles because the battery provides the power needed for ignition. That is why when your battery fails your car will not start. The battery also stabilizes your vehicle’s energy supply. It is an important tool for keeping your car running.

2.How do I properly maintain my battery?

Clearly, the battery is an essential part of your vehicle. That is why proper maintenance for it is crucial. Your Logan area mechanic will be able to teach you how to maintain your battery. 

Most importantly, you should drive your vehicle consistently. Most experts recommend driving longer trips with steady speeds a couple of times a week. Consistent driving will ensure your battery remains at full charge. You will also need to have your battery checked by a professional mechanic regularly. The user’s manual will tell you the maintenance schedule for your battery.

3.Do my battery terminals need to be cleaned?

Battery terminals are electrical contacts. They connect the battery to the vehicle. There are three main types of automotive battery terminals. Your mechanic will be able to explain the type of terminal used on your car. 

Battery terminals also need to be cleaned occasionally. To properly clean them they will need to be removed. Because removal is a somewhat tricky and potentially dangerous process, it should be done by a qualified mechanic. Cleaned battery terminals will ensure a good electrical connection, and that your vehicle will run properly every time.

4.How can my battery be tested?

Batteries are tested by a piece of equipment called a voltmeter or multimeter. Both measure the battery’s voltage. Anyone can purchase a voltmeter or multimeter, so this is something that you can measure yourself. Batteries in good shape measure 12.6 volts or more when the vehicle is turned off. If the engine is running the battery should have between 13.7-14.7 volts. 

However, keep in mind that voltmeters and multimeters do not provide a complete picture of a battery’s health. To ensure that you know exactly how your battery is doing, you need to take it to a mechanic like those at Ethan’s Honest Automotive.

5.How long do batteries last?

When the battery in your vehicle is installed new, it will likely last from three to five years. There are a lot of factors that go into battery life, though. Some of the things that can affect the lifespan of your battery are as follows:

  • How often you drive and the lengths of your drives. 
  • The quality of the battery. 
  • The battery terminals and their cleanliness. 
  • Temperature conditions in your area. 
  • If the battery is damaged. 

Bring your vehicle into Ethan’s Honest Automotive for regular battery maintenance, and you will never have to worry about this piece of equipment failing.