A Look Under the Hood: What’s Draining Your Battery Power

mechanicalWhile gas makes your car go, it’s electrical, not combustion-generated, energy that powers all the electronics in your car (and starts the combustion cycle). To power them up and keep them running, your vehicle relies on two main components—the battery and the alternator. If you’re having electrical issues, either component could be at fault. But, there are some easy diagnostics you can run in the driver’s seat to determine if it’s time to charge or replace your battery or troubleshoot the alternator.

Understanding Your Vehicle’s Electricity-Generating System

There’s a simple reason your vehicle needs both a battery and an alternator to power your electrical systems Continue reading A Look Under the Hood: What’s Draining Your Battery Power

The Reason Why You Should Not Leave Your Car Sitting for Long Periods of Time

Your car was meant to be driven. When driven, the moving parts move, and the fluids lubricate and cool like they’re supposed to. When you let your car sit for long periods of time (as in weeks, or worse, months), your car is vulnerable to a number of maintenance issues that affect drivability, resale value and your budget.

Dead Battery

A battery left connected to an undriven car still uses power. And if your car stays off, the alternator cannot work to restore the charge. So, your battery just gets drained. In as little as one Continue reading The Reason Why You Should Not Leave Your Car Sitting for Long Periods of Time

How to Recognize a Dying Battery before It’s Too Late

Just because the weather is warming up does not mean that you want to get stranded because your battery’s dead. We can help you prevent getting stuck in your driveway or at work after quitting time by recognizing when your battery needs a charge or a change before it’s dead.

Signs and Symptoms that Your Battery Is Dying

Most car batteries do not suddenly run out of “juice.” Attentive drivers can spot subtle signs that battery power is diminishing, such as: Continue reading How to Recognize a Dying Battery before It’s Too Late

4-Item Winter Readiness Checklist

Winter is nearly here, so NOW is the time to get your car ready for winter weather conditions. We’ve created a brief checklist of the most important aspects of routine car maintenance that need to be tended to for optimal driving performance and comfort.

Battery

Cold weather can affect battery performance, making it difficult to Continue reading 4-Item Winter Readiness Checklist

How to Ensure Your Battery Will Work this Winter

Booster cables

There’s no denying it: the temperatures are dropping; the leaves are falling—winter is on its way. Winter is the worst time to experience car problems, but also the time of year that battery-related car problems are more likely. Quanz Auto Body can help you avoid battery failure.

How Winter Affects Your Battery

Most functions of your vehicle are impervious to the weather—they work rain or shine, hot or cold. And while your battery will work no matter the temperature, cold weather just makes it work harder. Here’s why: Continue reading How to Ensure Your Battery Will Work this Winter

Do You Need a New Battery?

Car Battery

Your gas gauge lets you know when you need your next fill-up, and that helpful little sticker on the windshield reminds you to get your oil changed. But do you remember the last time you replaced your battery? Where’s the gauge to let you know how long that will last?

If you cannot answer those questions, bring your car to Quanz Auto Body to check your battery. Continue reading Do You Need a New Battery?

Car Battery or Alternator: How to Know Which One is the Problem

Have you recently tried to start your vehicle, only to find it won’t? Does the key turn, but the engine fail to turnover? If so, you may have a problem with the battery or the alternator. Quanz Auto Body discusses how to know which one is the culprit, so you can get your car running back at its optimal performance again with this week’s blog. Continue reading Car Battery or Alternator: How to Know Which One is the Problem

Fall Car Care Tips

Yup, it’s that time of year again. For kids, fall means going back to school after a nice long summer. For adults, it means raking up the falling leaves and getting ready for the winter season. In order to help you get ready for the winter months, we’ve put together a list of some fall car care tips to get you ready for the dropping temperatures. Continue reading Fall Car Care Tips

Give it a Jump

A Quick Guide on Jumping Your Vehicle

You’re hopping in the car and getting ready to leave for work, but your car won’t start. It’s not making any noise when you try—it’s dead. That’s a likely sign that it’s the battery. So you know all about getting the jumper cables out of the trunk, and you found a friend or neighbor to come over and give you a boost, but do you know how to jump your car?

There’s no shame in not knowing—it can seem like a nerve wracking task, especially when it comes to knowing where to connect the cables. So here’s your quick guide on safely jumping your car. Continue reading Give it a Jump