Don’t Let a Dead Car Battery Kill Your Day – Ootmar Car Service Vancouver

February 26, 2015 by ootmar  
Filed under Vancouver Automotive Blog

A dead car battery always seems to happen at the most inopportune time, usually when you’re already running late for an important meeting or when you’re stranded far away from help. There are numerous factors that significantly affect battery life, but if take the right precautions, you can extend the life of the battery and ensure it’s charged when you need it.

  1. Don’t let the car sit: When you drive your car, the alternator helps to recharge your battery and take over some of the electrical tasks. A short drive every few days helps prevent natural battery decay from draining the battery to a point where the vehicle won’t start.
  2. Avoid jump starting the vehicle: It’s tempting to ask for a jump start so you can get where you need to go, but that shock to the system can damage the battery and the electronic components inside your car. A dead battery needs a full recharge and not a temporary solution if you want to avoid replacement.
  3. Perform regular maintenance: We provide the car service, Vancouver drivers need to keep their engines and batteries operating at optimal levels. Through a check of filters and engine function, we can prevent additional strain on the battery that depletes the charge.
  4. Keep the battery properly seated: When the battery moves around, the connections get loose and the battery plates become damaged. With our car service, Vancouver drivers receive a battery inspection that checks for proper connection and a secured battery. In addition, we clean poles and battery wires, so corrosion doesn’t reduce the battery’s efficiency.
  5. Look at the charge rate: Over time, the battery will lose its ability to charge on its own, and it will gradually wear out. Our professionals can test the recharge rate and let you know how long and how often you should charge the battery for the best results and longest life.

At Ootmar we offer almost any car service Vancouver drivers need to keep their vehicles on the road. From preventative maintenance to repairs and diagnostics, our staff of highly trained technicians pride themselves on exceptional service at affordable rates.

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