Starting, Charging and Battery System
Free Battery TestThe worse thing that can happen is when you go to start your car and the battery is dead. What a hassle! At Professional Automotive one of our ASE Certified Technicians can test your battery for you while you wait. We can provide a digital print out of your batteries performance an offer some suggestions on replacement or service if needed.
Complete DiagnosticsThere are times when testing the battery won’t be enough. Your car will need to have it’s complete Starting, Charging, and Battery System diagnosed. Our Complete Diagnostics starts at $52.50. This procedure will help us uncover the problem of your cars starting performance. Need help? Call or Request an appointment today.
Want To Know More?It’s all about the flow of electrical power. When you start your car, the battery uses power to get your engine cranking. As your engine runs, your alternator generates electricity to run all your electrical systems: like lights, a half dozen computers, anti-lock brake system, traction control, power windows, electronic fuel injectors, stability control, air conditioning, transmission servos – the list goes on. Any leftover electricity goes to recharge your SUV battery. Then you turn on your radio and seat heaters; maybe plug in your cell phone and computer; the kids watch a DVD and pretty soon there isn’t much extra electricity to go back into the battery. Now, if you were on a long road trip, no sweat – you’d have plenty of time to fully recharge your battery. But not if you’re making stops around Indianapolis. Every time you start your car’s engine, your battery takes that big hit again. Multiple starts – multiple hits. By the time you get home, you have less than a full charge. When the battery is continuously in a discharged state, it loses its ability to fully recharge. This starts a downward spiral in your battery life. Now when your battery is on its way to getting this bad, your alternator is working overtime trying to keep it charged – which causes the alternator to wear out prematurely. At Professional Automotive, we suggest replacing your battery after four to five years, even though it hasn’t yet failed, as a maintenance item to extend alternator life.