Batteries, Alternators & Starters
Brakes Plus’ car battery shop provides a service to determine if there are issues with your car’s electrical system. Everyone knows that your vehicle needs a battery to run, but your battery is just the beginning of your vehicle’s complex electrical system. Vehicle batteries should be checked at least every two years. Our trained technicians will check your battery for electrolyte level or indicator eye, terminal condition, cleanliness and hold down support. We’ll check your battery condition and charging system, and if needed, provide you with a new battery.
What is an Alternator?
What generates most of the electricity in your vehicle is not the battery, but the alternator. The alternator transforms mechanical energy into electrical energy. It sends power to essential parts of your vehicle like the headlights, the engine fan, ignition coils and various parts of the fuel injection system. It also powers non-essential, but still very important parts like the radio and air conditioning system.
It’s important to have your alternator checked regularly because it’s not always readily apparent when it fails. It can fail in stages and even when it goes completely, your battery will take over for a short period of time.
What Does the Starter Do?
The starter does the opposite of the alternator. It changes electrical energy into mechanical energy. The starter uses the electricity from the car battery to start the crankshaft turning, and that gets your vehicle going.
What’s Included in Auto Battery & Electrical Service?
- Visual inspection for corrosion of battery and cables
- Test battery for voltage and available cold cranking amps
- Test alternator for voltage, amperage output and circuit condition
- Test starter for voltage draw
- Vehicle won’t start
- Slow engine cranking when trying to start vehicle
- Battery and/or electrical light illuminated on dashboard
- Ensured staring power