Starting & Electrical

Speed Lube Helps You Know Your Battery

Battery Know HowKnowledge is power when it comes to knowing your car’s heart and soul: its battery and electrical system. The last thing you want is to be left stranded with a dead battery. The better you know this system, the better the chance you can prepare your vehicle, so you don’t get stuck. We’ll break down this intricate system that determines your car’s ability to start. So sit back and relax – Speed Lube will do the driving to help you understand your car’s battery and electrical system and how we can help keep you on the road. Power up!

Destination Reached

Almost every driver has been stuck with a dead battery at least once in their life. A lifeless battery means no starting car, means no getting to your destination. Not good.

This is the exact reason why we offer a free battery check-up with every visit to our store: to help prevent you from getting stuck, all dressed up and no place to go. Our techs call this battery test ‘Early Detection’. This is a quick diagnostic check to estimate the temperature at which your battery may fail to start and how much longer you may have until it goes dead.

One little test tells you if your battery is an “oh no”, or “good to go”.

Early Detection, Early Prevention

The last thing you need is your battery to unexpectedly fail. We’ll check it before that happens, so you don’t get stuck. Our techs have analyzers that give your battery a free check-up every time you bring your vehicle in for maintenance, tires or other repairs. The Early Detection analyzers let you know if your battery is providing adequate power and at what temperature it could potentially fail. We’ll give you a printout with one of three possible results:

“Good”: A good result gives you the confidence that your vehicle’s battery is functioning properly.

“Marginal:” A marginal test result indicates that your battery is functioning properly, but its life expectancy is compromised. A close monitoring with follow-up battery health-checks is encouraged.

“Replace:” A replace test result indicates that the battery, even though it’s starting your engine, fails to meet the original equipment manufacturer’s recommendations.

All Systems Go!

Your car’s electrical system includes your battery, starter and alternator. These components help start your car’s engine and keep it running. If one of these parts is not working right, your car won’t start. Simple as that. This is where our electrical system check comes in handy. It pinpoints problems when they occur, and we can provide all the services you might require to help get you back on the road. Curbed vehicle? Not a chance. We curb the problem before a no start occurs.

Battery Life Expectancy

A battery will last 3 to 5 years, on average. But battery quality, driving habits and driving region has an impact on a battery’s life. For example, if you take many short trips (less than 20 minutes), your battery won’t have enough time to recharge fully, which can shorten the battery’s life. Also, exposure to extreme temperatures — both hot and cold — can also shorten its life span. This map gives an indication of how long batteries will last in different climates.

Don’t Let Your Alternator Be The Terminator

When your ride’s engine is running, the alternator keeps the battery charged and the electrical system going. Your car can start with a faulty alternator, but it won’t be able to run for an extended period of time. If the alternator requires replacement, your vehicle’s electrical system will perform erratically, its battery will discharge, and eventually your engine will lose power. A complete electrical system check from Speed Lube will tell you whether the alternator is generating the proper amount of current and voltage, to let you know before your alternator fails.