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The battery in your car has an all-important role: it supplies the starter with a strong electrical current. This enables the starter to quickly turn over your engine, starting the combustion process so that your Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, or RAM vehicle can do what it does best. When your car is driving, the battery doesn’t do much of anything at all. Instead, it gets recharged so that you’ll be able to start your vehicle again when the time comes.
When you bring your car, truck, minivan, or SUV in for a battery inspection, our technicians will use one of a few techniques. After making sure the battery is fully charged, they’ll use either a load tester or an electronic tester to assess the battery’s health. The load tester monitors the voltage of the battery as a load is applied to it. If your battery registers below a certain number of volts, it is near the end of its lifespan. There are also electronic testers that can test the condition of the actual cells inside the battery.
Just because your battery has died doesn’t mean that it will need to be replaced. That’s why we perform battery inspections, after all! If our inspection shows that your battery still has enough life left in it, we’ll start looking at other causes. Some of them are easy enough to identify, like if you accidentally left the headlights or dome light on all night, or the battery terminals may have corrosion buildup. Some, however, are a little trickier. Your vehicle may have a parasitic drain, where an electronic component draws too much power when the car is turned off. Or, the alternator may be bad; this is what charges your battery while your car is turned on. Whatever the cause, our technicians will pinpoint it and repair it at Deery Brothers Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Waukee, serving Des Moines and Urbandale.
No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, the battery plays a vital role in getting it up and going. There are few things more frustrating than a dead battery that leaves you stranded, and we’re here to help at Deery Brothers Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM Waukee, serving West Des Moines and Clive. Of course, we have replacement batteries for when yours eventually loses its ability to hold a charge, but wouldn’t it be nice to know beforehand how long your battery was going to last? That’s what we can offer with our battery inspection service. Learn more here!