Inspect Your Battery!

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InspectYourBattery with HiStar Auto Center

The battery in your Las Vegas vehicle is essential in order for it to run. The alternator helps by charging the battery, allowing it to work properly. Without either of these two components you would not be able to run your vehicle. Your battery provides electricity to start the engine, ignite the fuel, operate the lights and heater along with various other mechanisms.

The batteries are lead-acid based and come in a variety of voltages, depending on what your vehicle specifically needs according to the provided owner’s manual. If you suspect that your vehicle has any issues, you can bring it in and we can inspect it for you. This way you can ensure that your Las Vegas car is always in its best operating condition possible.

What is Your Battery Made Of?

The batteries have components made up of various materials. These materials are used to improve the cathode, anode, and electrolyte performance are nickel, magnesium, cobalt, and silicon tubes. The anode is rich in lithium ions and the chemical reaction between the electrolyte and anode cause ions to move to the cathode. This process causes the electrical current that helps the car run. Lithium iron phosphates make up the cathode. These increase the electric range and performance of the vehicle. These components are essential for helping all elements work together to create the car’s motion.

What Causes my Battery to Fail

The leading cause of vehicle breakdowns is battery failure. There are ways to prevent frequent breakdowns and to keep your engine working efficiently. If a battery is being undercharged it causes sulfating. Sulfating is the chemical breakdown of battery electrolytes. When this occurs, it reduces the battery’s ability to hold a charge and provide energy. When a battery is not used over a period of time it loses its electrical charge. Heat can cause batteries to fail as well. When a battery is not used over a period of time it can lose its electrical charge. Excessive heat, as we experience here in Las Vegas, can cause batteries to fail as well. When the normal temperatures are over one hundred degrees, the rate of internal discharge increases and causes battery malfunction. This can happen over a short period of time with high heat. Conclusion: The heat in Las Vegas will cause your battery to fail quicker.

Extend the Longevity of Your Battery

It is extremely important to do everything possible to prolong the life of your Las Vegas car battery because they can be expensive. One way of doing this is to ensure that all of your car’s electronics are turned off before shutting off your engine. Common things to check would be the headlights, radio, air conditioner, and GPS device. Turning these off can help keep the battery from being drained. This can also help to minimize the risk of damaging electronics when turning your vehicle on.

If you do not plan on driving your car for several weeks, it is a good idea to disconnect the battery to conserve the electric charge. Also check the battery to make sure it has the proper connection with the cables when you reconnect it. This will help with electrical current for when the vehicle starts. If you notice that your vehicle is starting with difficulty, bring it in to the battery experts at Hi Star Auto Center. We can inspect the vehicle, battery and alternator and get you back on the road.