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

Karen Johnston

A dead battery is the leading cause of starting trouble, either because the lights were left on, a charging system problem or an electrical draw. Sometimes a battery is just worn out, most batteries last 4 to 6 years. But a healthy battery in 80-degree weather has only half of its output when the thermometer dips to zero.

Batteries are rated by cold cranking amps (CCA), indicating power and the reserve capacity rating (RC) indicates how long your car's accessories can run and still have enough power to start the engine.

Checking your owner's manual for the minimum requirements is the best way to select the battery. Buying one with an excessive CCA rating may be a waste of money.

In every situation, more RC (reserve) is better, like a little extra in the checking account. The size and number of plates in a battery determine how many amps it can deliver. By having more and/or large plates can increase the normal life of the battery. This is what distinguishes a three-year from a five-year warranty battery.

We recommend replacement with new batteries and not reconditioned ones. Gel batteries are recommended for most European Vehicles that have batteries mounted in the trunk or under seats. We recommend maintenance free, sealed cell style batteries, they are less likely to leak.

Have your charging system and battery tested regularly every 6 months ensuring that it is working at full capacity and provide early detection for weakness. Happy Motoring!

All About Automotive

139 N.W. 2nd Street

Gresham, OR 97030

503-465-2926

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