Auto Repair & Services
- Air Conditioning Repair
- Air Filters
- Alternator Repair
- Brake Repair
- Belt & Hose Replacement
- Car Service & Preventative Mainentance
- Cooling System Replacement
- Driveline Repair
- Engine Repair
- Engine Tune-Up
- Flat Tire Repair
- Fleet Services
- Fluid Inspection
- Headlight Restoration
- Muffler Repair & Exhaust Inspection
- Oil Change Service
- Suspension Repair & Alignment Services
- Tire Balancing
- Tire Installation
- Tire Rotation
- Transmission Repair
- Wheel Alignments
- Windshield Wiper Blades
United Tire and Service has quality auto repair services and batteries that can be effortlessly installed in your vehicle at reasonable prices! Your car's battery is crucial to start your engine. It likewise stores energy produced by the alternator and operates the secondary electric systems such as your lights, radio, power seats, power windows, and additional electrical elements in your car. Your automobile's electrical system powers everything from the ignition and fuel systems to accessories such as your radio, headlights, and wipers. The electric system is then, powered by the engine.
What You Need To Know About Automotive Batteries
The battery in your car hasn’t really changed much for 70 years. Automotive batteries are still a lead-acid design, with six cells that contain lead plates and a hydrochloric acid electrolyte. Each cell produces about two volts apiece; connected in series, they add up to around 12 volts. When the battery discharges, the sulfuric acid in the battery loses its acidity and returns to water again, while the lead plates become coated with sulfate. When the battery charges again, the sulfate on the battery plates returns to the acidic electrolyte solution.
The battery is charged by the alternator, which is driven by the engine’s serpentine belt, and a voltage regulator is in the circuit as well to prevent the battery from overcharging.
It’s easy to take the battery for granted, right up to the time when you find yourself stuck in a parking lot with a car that turns over too slowly to start. That’s why battery maintenance is important; battery maintenance includes:
- Checking the cables and cable clamps for tightness and overall condition
- Checking the alternator for charging capacity
- Checking the clamps, posts, and cables for corrosion. Corrosion is a fluffy greenish-white deposit that, in some cases, can actually prevent the battery from receiving or delivering a charge. Anti-corrosion gel solution can prevent these deposits from building up.
Unfortunately, any battery that can be recharged – such as the one in your phone or laptop – can only stand so many charge/discharge cycles before they weaken. Even the best automotive batteries only last for about three or four years before they start to degrade.
Battery Replacements at United Tire & Service
At United Tire & Service, we’ll make battery service part of your regular preventive maintenance schedule. If you suspect your battery might be starting to weaken, we can test it for cranking amperage and overall condition…and if it looks like you’re in need of a battery soon, we stock a wide range of top-brand batteries for just about any vehicle on the road. Don’t find yourself stuck someplace and hoping for the kindness of a stranger with jumper cables. Make an appointment with United Tire & Service for a battery checkup!