CAR BATTERIES, STARTING & CHARGING
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Starting & Charging
If your car won’t start, the car battery isn’t the only suspect. The starter, alternator, and spark plugs can also be trouble spots.
The car battery provides the charge that starts the engine and powers accessories such as lights and wipers.
The starter can fail due to electrical or mechanical problems, making your car difficult or impossible to start.
If your alternator is not working properly, you may notice headlights or interior lights that dim and brighten on their own, or other odd electrical behavior in the car.
The trained mechanics at your neighborhood Midas can evaluate any starting and electrical issues you experience and repair or replace the parts causing problems.
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How it Works
In addition to the car battery, there are two other major components to your vehicle's starting and charging system. And these two components must be in good working order for your vehicle to start and run properly.
Starter — when you turn the ignition key, you are actually turning on the starter, which then cranks the engine. When a starter isn't working correctly, the engine may start with great difficulty, or not at all. Starter problems may be due to electrical/mechanical failure or outright breakage.
Alternator — the alternator carries out two important tasks. It recharges your battery while the vehicle is running to keep it at peak starting power. The alternator also works with your battery as a team to operate electrical components, such as headlights, windshield wipers, and more. A malfunctioning alternator can cause electrical components to operate erratically, or even cause your engine to suddenly stop running.
What to Watch For
If you experience battery trouble, there are a couple of things you may want to check before calling for service.
Be sure the battery is properly secured. Vibration caused by an unsecured battery can affect battery life.
The cables to the battery terminals must be clean and tightly connected. Buildup of corrosive elements on the terminals can seriously weaken starting power. Be sure the side terminals aren't over-
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Batteries, Starting & Charging FAQs
Q: Can a car battery freeze?
A: Yes, while it is rare, it does happen. In most cases extreme cold (or heat) can shorten a battery’s life, but it will likely not freeze.
Q: Is there a way to know if my car battery terminals are working properly?
A: Absolutely. It’s called a “voltage drop test”, and we can perform it at your local Midas.
Q: My car won't start, but it's not the battery. What can it be?
A: When you start your car, the first sound you’ll hear is the starter. This process is also called “cranking”, dating back to brass-
Q: The car battery light came on, but my car seems fine. What could cause this?
A: If your car battery is holding a charge when tested, and you’ve ruled out an electrical short, your alternator is likely on the outs.
Q: My car had trouble starting on a really hot day. I thought batteries only had trouble when it was really cold?
A: Extreme heat (or cold) can shorten a car battery’s life, but as long it’s a one-
Q: My battery has a lot of corrosion. Does this mean I need a new battery?
A: Not to worry. Corrosion is quite common, so car batteries should be cleaned and serviced regularly.
Q: If my car didn't start and required a 'jump,' does that mean my battery needs to be replaced?
A: Not necessarily. It may not be your battery at all. It could be your alternator. But if you find yourself needing frequent battery jumps, it’s a good idea to bring your car to any Midas location for an inspection.
Q: How long does a car battery typically last?
A: Typically a car battery lasts three to five years, but it depends on the way you drive, the weather and other factors.
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