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A Stitch in Time at Car Doctor

You probably have heard that expression, "A stitch in time saves nine." In other words, if you fix an issue at its early stages, it will prevent a much more difficult problem later. That's certainly the case with your vehicle, and here's a true story to demonstrate it.

A driver noticed his vehicle was due for an oil change, so he took it in to his service facility early in the morning so he could wait while the work was performed. The technician routinely checks the battery on vehicles just before extreme weather is approaching (cold or hot), so with winter coming up, he hooked up the load tester (it measures voltage while a load is put on the battery). It showed the battery wasn't holding a charge well.

The technician checked the manufacturing date on the battery, too (most batteries have a date stamped in code somewhere on them). The date showed it was five years old. While batteries can last more than five years, many technicians say you should expect to get anywhere from three to six years out of them, depending on what they go through.

So, this battery was getting a little long in the tooth, and it wasn't holding a charge particularly well. But how much current was it being sent by the vehicle's alternator? If it wasn't getting enough, that might be a factor. A test of the charging system showed the alternator was putting out the correct amount of power. The technician recommended replacing the battery, and the driver agreed.

That was the stitch in time. Had the technician not checked the battery, that driver likely would have been stranded the next time he tried to start his vehicle on a very cold day. What originally was supposed to be just an oil change led to a technician's sharp diagnosis and a little preventative maintenance for one fortunate driver. Sometimes timing is everything.

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net

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Car Doctor Alternator Replacement Service in Oklahoma City

Your vehicle alternator doesn't get enough credit. Though your battery gets your engine started, after that – it's all about the alternator. 

Driving around Oklahoma City is a lot of work for your alternator, and as upgrades such as heated steering wheels, cooled seats, stability control and lane departure warning become more common, it will have to work even harder. Eventually this workhorse just wears out. When it does you have no choice but to order an alternator replacement because your vehicle won't run without one. 

Come see your friendly and professional service advisor at Car Doctor to learn more.

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net

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Battery Maintenance Tips From Car Doctor

When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:

First, your vehicle won't start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well.

A number of years ago sealed batteries were introduced to the local Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, market. They were hailed as being 'maintenance-free batteries.' While it is true that you can't get in and adjust the electrolyte levels of a sealed battery, it is by no means maintenance free.

Batteries are very sensitive to changes in the weather around Oklahoma. Temperature really affects auto battery performance. A battery inspection is an important part of your spring and fall checkups. Next time you're under your hood, take a look at your battery.

  • Is it clean and free of residue? A dirty battery will drain.
  • Is there corrosion at the terminals where the battery cables attach to the battery? If there is, the corrosion can interfere with how efficiently electricity passes back and forth from the battery.
  • Are the cables loose? Make sure they are tight.
  • Are the cables themselves corroded? Corrosion can actually eat through the battery cables.

Car Doctor service advisors can inspect and test your battery. If the inspection warrants a cleaning, have it done. If the battery test indicates that replacement of the battery or cables is in order, you will be lucky to have caught the problem before it becomes a major inconvenience.

Your battery will also last longer if you keep your fuel system and ignition system clean. It's all part of your commitment to regular maintenance, to keep your vehicle running on Oklahoma City streets at its best for a long, long time.

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net

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Need a New Battery? Call Car Doctor Today

Hello Oklahoma City drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around Oklahoma City, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs to be replaced. This also speeds up wear on the alternator.

Your Car Doctor service advisor can help you determine the right vehicle replacement battery for the way you drive around Oklahoma City, as well as the Oklahoma climate and durability needs.

Contact Car Doctor for information on battery replacement.

Give us a call.

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net

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Automotive Tips from Car Doctor: Making a Battery Last Longer

One thing all Oklahoma City drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Car Doctor can help maintain your battery.

Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.

Also, making sure you have a full charge every month or so extends battery life. Either an extended drive at freeway speeds around the Oklahoma City are or using a battery charger will preserve your battery’s ability to hold a full charge.

Give us a call.

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net

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Automotive Tips from Car Doctor: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Car Doctor when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.

Batteries are a big ticket item for most Oklahoma City drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.

Your Car Doctor service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for Oklahoma drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner.

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net

 

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A New Battery in Oklahoma City

Hello Oklahoma City drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Oklahoma City, here's some auto advice to help you.

There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.

The weather where you live in Oklahoma also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder the vehicle engine, the more power it takes to get it started. Also, cold Oklahoma weather reduces the electrical efficiency of the battery, which reduces the amount of energy available in the battery to start the engine. Thus, in freezing temperatures, you need more power to start an engine, but you have less power available to get it started.

Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Car Doctor in Oklahoma City can help you choose an appropriate battery for your vehicle and your lifestyle. If you need extra power owing to cold weather or a need for more reserve capacity, you may want to choose a heavy-duty battery. Just make sure it fits into your vehicle. An oversized battery may give you the power you need, but it's a serious safety hazard if the terminals come into contact with other parts of the vehicle.

Keep in mind that preventive maintenance performed at Car Doctor and good vehicle care can extend the life of your battery. Judicious use of electric gadgets and good driving habits are wise and can help you get the most out of your battery.

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net

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Battery Basics for Oklahoma City

It's important for Oklahoma City drivers to know battery basics. First, let's talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold Oklahoma weather. Most Oklahoma City area drivers think it's cold weather because that's when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold vehicle engine.

However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short Oklahoma City trips because the alternator doesn't have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Oklahoma City drivers can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter.

As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren't capable of taking a full charge like they used to, and your vehicle alternator has to work overtime to keep up. This causes your alternator to wear out early.

If you're pushing 4 to 5 years on your battery, see your friendly and knowledgeable Car Doctor service assistant for a battery test to see if it's recommended to replace it. Not only can you avoid getting stranded with a dead battery on a Oklahoma road, but you'll save unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle alternator.

Give us a call.

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net

 

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Battery Replacement at Car Doctor in Oklahoma City

Hello, welcome to Car Doctor. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Oklahoma City runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Car Doctor are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, Battery they wear out and need to be replaced . This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in Oklahoma, specifically how cold it is. (Many Oklahoma City drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your vehicle's engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.

The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient when the temperature dips. Let's say it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees C) in Oklahoma City. At that temperature, 100% of the battery's power is available. At freezing, only 65% of battery power is available, but it requires 155% as much power to start the engine as it did at 80 degrees F (27 degrees C).

As you can see, the colder it gets, more power is needed, but the available power drops.

So if you live where it's cold in Oklahoma, you need a battery with more cold cranking amps than you do where it's moderate or hot. The battery that originally came with your vehicle was based on averages. At Car Doctor, we like to remind Oklahoma City drivers that they should always get at least as many cold cranking amps as their vehicle manufacturer recommends but may want to upgrade if they live where it gets real cold.

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net

 

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Charge It in Oklahoma City for Extended Battery Life

Here's an interesting statistic for our in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.

Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it'll die.

It's clear that you Oklahoma City drivers need to recharge your batteries. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car's demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around Oklahoma City. The alternator just can't keep up.

The result is shortened battery life. So what can we do to improve our battery's health?

We need to keep the battery as close to a full charge as possible. That can be hard because sitting for just 24 hours in hot weather between charges can be too long. When the weather's cold in Oklahoma City, sitting for several days will cause discharge.

So some highway driving around Oklahoma will help keep a full charge if the battery has not been deeply depleted. Car batteries are not designed to be run down really low, or deep cycled, as it's called. So using your headlights or other power accessories when the car is off can deeply deplete your battery. Using the alternator to recharge from a deeply depleted state is also very dangerous to your battery because it charges too fast. In fact, on average, your battery would only last for ten recharges like that.

If you do find yourself with a dead battery or very low battery, use a good quality battery charger to slowly bring the battery up to full charge. Follow the instructions on the charger or talk to your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Car Doctor .

Car Doctor
1217 N.W. 5th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
405-232-1949
http://mdcar.net



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