Battery ReplacementJul 11th, 2016
When do I need to replace my battery?
Kalona Auto Service Answer:
That's a good question for Kalona drivers. All batteries wear out and need to be replaced – but some are replaced before their time.
Look, if your battery is dying and you need a jump-start, it could very well be that you have a bad battery. But Kalona drivers should have Kalona Auto Service test the battery first to see if it's actually bad. The problem could be parasitic drain or a bad alternator that's not properly charging your battery.
And Kalona drivers in this situation also need to have their service advisor check their alternator and have it tested. A surprisingly high percentage of “bad” alternators brought into Kalona Auto Service in Kalona are actually just fine: the problem is a worn serpentine belt and/or belt tensioner. If the belt is slipping, it's not spinning the alternator properly so it can't fully charge the battery.
Hopefully, Kalona drivers can see that a dead battery can be the result of a chain of events: a worn serpentine belt, a worn belt tensioner, a bad alternator or a bad battery. If you don't check the belt, tensioner and alternator you can just end up replacing batteries that are still good. Talk to your friendly and knowledgeable pros at Kalona Auto Service .
That brings us back full circle to when batteries do fail. There's a chemical cycle that takes place inside your battery: the battery is discharged when you start the vehicle and is recharged by the alternator when you drive. Short trips around the Iowa City area with frequent stops and starts may mean that your battery is never fully recharged. When a battery isn't fully charged parts of the battery harden and are no longer available to “store” electricity. Over time, your battery just can't hold enough charge for the needs of your vehicle. This is to your alternator as it tries to keep up, causing it to wear out prematurely.
Batteries last longer in colder climates and wear out faster in warmer IA climates. We want to remind Kalona drivers that, on average, 70% of batteries fail within four years. Many IA automotive experts recommend replacing your battery every five years. This will the chances of being stranded on a local with a dead battery as well as prevent undue wear on your alternator.
Kalona Auto Service
501 E Avenue
Kalona, IA 52247