Know your car battery!

When it comes to your car battery and the Orlando car maintenance that goes along with it, do you know what you’re doing? A lot of drivers just know that a dead battery means they’re not going anywhere, but they don’t know how a car battery actually works or why it’s important to get routine auto service in Orlando to maintain it. Our Toyota Service Center is here to give you the info you need about this vital auto part! 

What is a car battery, and why is it important? 

Let’s talk about exactly what a car battery is, first of all. The battery is located under the hood of your car, next to the engine. Cables connect it so it can get the engine running, as well as power accessories (think your radio, lights, and air conditioning – that’s why you can utilize them when your car isn’t running)! Additionally, once you’ve got the engine going the battery helps deliver the power it needs to KEEP going. That’s why when your battery is faulty or dying, you’ll notice your car not performing to its maximum capabilities! 

How does the car battery stay charged? When your engine is running, it gets jolts of power from the alternator and it stores the energy for later. That’s why you can use it to get things going when the car is off, as well as run your accessories when the engine isn’t running. It won’t last forever; you’ll typically need an Orlando car battery replacement every 3-5 years or so (depending on how often you drive, how often you run the car on battery power alone, and whether or not you forget to turn your lights off when you get out… oops). 

Obviously, it has an important place in the grand scheme of things under the hood. That’s why it’s so important to ensure that you seek out routine Orlando car battery maintenance on a regular basis! Like we said, it will eventually die, so you need to stay on top of checking its voltage. The best way to do this is to have one of our Orlando Toyota Service techs take a look at it. Luckily for you, we do this during our multi-points inspections that we perform on your car every time you come in for routine car maintenance! 

What type of Orlando car maintenance does this important auto part need? 

You can also do a bit of Orlando car battery maintenance on your own if you’re the DIY type. Here are some pointers: 

  • Scrub the cable connection posts with a baking soda and water mixture or a stiff wire brush – this will ensure a solid connection.
  • Visually inspect the car battery! Look for signs of rust, corrosion, or swelling – this can indicate a leak and means you need to seek out a replacement at our Orlando Toyota Service Center. 
  • Have its voltage tested regularly to ensure it’s in top-notch condition. 

Need a replacement car battery? Check out all of our Orlando auto parts specials – we’ll get you a great deal on a new one and even install it to get you back up and running! Call today at (866) 454-1614!

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