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This article brought to you courtesy of Karen Johnston of All About Automotive, Gresham Outlook Insider Automotive Expert.

Karen Johnston

A good healthy battery is essential for your vehicle's electrical system to work properly. The battery's primary purpose is to start the engine. but it also stabilizes and provides extra power for the computers, modules, ignition, lighting and other accessories

When a battery starts to fail, warning lights come on for the charging system, brakes, abs (antilock brake system), srs (supplemental restraint system), and or the check engine light. Other symptoms are: vehicle will not crank when starting, long starting crank time, exterior and interior lights dim or not working properly, and some electrical accessories won't work or work intermittently.

If your vehicle is exhibiting any of these symptoms it is a good idea to have the vehicle inspected and tested. We recommend Test the starting/charging system of your vehicle at least every 6 months as regular maintenance, we perform this test at every oil change. It is also important to keep the connections and cables clean of corrosion and tight.

Most new batteries are designed to last between 4 to 6 years. A weak battery may still start the car but it causes strain on the starter and alternator. Keeping a healthy battery is more cost effective than replacing a good quality starter or alternator.

Extreme weather conditions accentuate a weakness in the starting/charging system of a vehicle. When your battery isn't testing well, replace it to keep your vehicle reliable and not cause further issues down the road. Happy Motoring!

All About Automotive

139 N.W. 2nd Street

Gresham, OR 97030

503-465-2926

www.allaboutautomotive.com

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