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Battery testing is a relatively simple aspect of the annual safety inspection and routine maintenance check while conducting an oil change or other scheduled procedures to assure the vehicle runs efficiently for as long as intended. The battery test is a matter of hooking up an electrical tester to see if the alternator is producing the proper charge and the battery is functioning properly to hold that electric current between uses. The test allows a driver to recognize battery failure before an utter lack of power leaves them stranded unexpectedly.
Batteries are designed to run the starter motor primarily, and a secondary benefit is they allow headlights and radios to run when the engine isn’t turning the alternator. Running those secondary systems is the most common cause of battery failure; the battery wasn’t designed to be completely discharged before being recharged. Once a battery is fully discharged, it will never hold a full charge again and needs to be replaced. At such a point, the battery might work intermittently for a while longer, but it won’t last for long. It’s better to change it now than wait until a tow is required and other systems are damaged. A further consideration is how a battery is only designed to last a certain amount of time. Yes, engineers can design a battery which will last longer than the vehicle, such designs cost more than the vehicle itself does, so currently, replaceable batteries are used.
It’s a no-brainer as to how a car with a dead battery has to be jump started in order to run. A weak battery might start the car in warm weather or fail when temperatures are below freezing. Heat, air conditioning, or even the radio might work sporadically as the vehicle computer determines output of compromised electric power. While the engine is running, the alternator is going to produce the electric current needed to run the engine, but the electric system runs a current through the battery and can’t perform properly when the battery isn’t functioning as intended.
For a car battery near me in Delray Beach, look no further than your local dealer of HGreg Nissan Delray serving the surrounding Florida areas of Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, and Palm Springs. Our technicians aren’t just courteous and polite, we offer a full service shop staffed by people who understand your concerns and can put your car back in top shape as you expected when you first bought it. Make an appointment today.