C&A Transmission and Auto Repair

Servicing Spring, Houston, and surrounding areas since 1988

C&A Transmission and Auto Repair - Servicing Spring, Houston, and surrounding areas since 1988

Charge It In Spring For Extended Battery Life

Here’s an interesting statistic for our motorists in Spring, TX: Only thirty percent of car batteries make it to forty-eight months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from fifty-one months in extremely cold areas to just thirty 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 family car 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 Spring motorists 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 Spring or Spring. The alternator just can’t keep up.

The result is shortened battery life. So what can we Spring auto owners 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 twenty-four hours in hot weather between charges can be too long. When the weather’s cold in Spring, sitting for several days will cause discharge.

So some highway driving between Spring or Houston 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 harmful 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 personable C&A Transmission & Auto Repair service specialist.

Because our batteries are so often at less than a full charge, the experts at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair suggest that we use a battery charger from time to time to keep the charge up. They recommend once a month during hot weather and once every three months during colder times.

Now, an important word on safety for Spring car owners. Batteries contain sulfuric acid that can severely burn your skin and could blind you. If you find yourself with a dead battery, carefully inspect it before you jump start it. If the case is bulging, cracked or leaking, do not jump start it. Damaged batteries can explode or catch fire. Deeply discharged batteries can freeze. Do not jump start a frozen battery.

At C&A Transmission & Auto Repair, we provide quality automotive service including battery service, shocks and struts and battery service.

Battery Basics For Spring

Houston Battery Service

It’s important for Spring auto owners to know battery basics. First, let’s talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold TX weather. Most Houston auto owners think it’s cold weather because that’s when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold family car 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 Spring trips because the alternator doesn’t have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Spring auto owners 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 family car 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 personable C&A Transmission & Auto Repair service advisor for a battery test to see if it’s recommended to replace it. Not only can you avoid getting stranded with a dead battery, but you’ll save unnecessary wear and tear on your family car alternator.

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C&A Transmission & Auto Repair
713.896.1107
20336 Holzwarth Road
Spring, TX 77388

Battery Replacement At C&A Transmission & Auto Repair In Spring

Hello, welcome to C&A Transmission & Auto Repair. Today’s focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Spring runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we’re most concerned with here at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair are those in our customer’s vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, car batteries wear out and need to be replaced. There are a couple of things Spring drivers should know when looking for a new battery.

Look for two measurements that come into play: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity.

Let’s start with cold cranking amps. Battery Replacement At C&A Transmission & Auto Repair This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold family car engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in TX, specifically how cold it is. (Many TX motorists have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your family car’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. At C&A Transmission & Auto Repair, we consult the table shown below. Let’s say it’s eighty degrees Fahrenheit in Spring. 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 eighty degrees.

As you can see from the chart, the colder it gets, more power’s needed, but the available power drops.

Percent of Power Available Celsius Fahrenheit Power Required  
100 27 80 100  
65 0 32 155  
40 -22 0 210  
25 -32 20 350  

So if you live where it’s cold in TX, 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 family car was based on averages. At C&A Transmission & Auto Repair, we like to remind Spring drivers that they should always get at least as many cold cranking amps as their auto makers recommend, but may want to upgrade if they live where it gets real cold.

And the type of engine you have will impact the battery you need: A six-cylinder engine requires more cold cranking amps than a four. An eight cylinder needs even more. And diesel family cars require more than a gasoline engine with the same number of cylinders.

Now on to reserve capacity: It’s a measurement of the number of minutes of reserve power the battery has at a given load. The number is more important to Spring drivers these days because of parasitic drain. Parasitic drain is the battery energy that’s used when the key is off in your family car. So, the power drawn by the security system, the remote start system, even the power the computers require to maintain their memory.

Reserves are also needed when you make very short trips around Spring. You’re not driving long enough for the battery to recover the energy it used to start the engine. So go with the minimum recommended by your manufacturer or C&A Transmission & Auto Repair and upgrade if you need more.

Talk with us at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair about your options. If you need more from your battery, a larger, heavy-duty battery may be called for. At C&A Transmission & Auto Repair in Spring, we remind our customers that it’s very important that the new battery fits your family car: the terminals can’t be touching other parts.

Batteries are a big ticket item for most TX car owners, so the warranty gives piece of mind. There’re two kinds of car battery warranties: pro-rated and free replacement. With the pro-rated, you get a credit for a portion of the battery if it fails during the warranty period. With a free replacement warranty, you get just that, a free replacement. Be sure to ask us at C&A Transmission & Auto Repair about the warranty so you know what you’re getting.