How to tell if your battery is dead:
As an essential part of running your vehicle, a dead battery is the most common cause of a vehicle not starting. If you are able to turn the ignition, however nothing on the dashboard or headlights are turning on, a dead battery might be the issue. Dead batteries usually are caused by:
- Old battery
- Corroded connections
- Extreme temperatures
- Alternator problems
- Electrical system left on
If the car sits for a long time, the battery will drain all of the power. Old batteries do not retain their charge as well, and corroded connections due to extreme temperatures can make them not work properly. Due to the alternator recharging the battery, and keeping the vehicle running usually keeps the battery lasting for years. Alternator problems can cause the battery to overcharge and drain if left sitting as well.
Keeping up on battery maintenance and preventing these issues will help make sure your vehicle starts every time.
Replacing your Battery 101:
Battery Group Size
Check your owner’s manual to ensure the correct size and parameters before you purchase a new battery.
Cold Cranking Amps (CCA)
Check the owner's manual for the performance indicator for the battery to supply power at lower temperatures. The higher the number, the better the battery.
Reserve Capacity (RC)
The reserve capacity number indicates the number of minutes the battery can supply before dropping below the minimum voltage level. If you are running electrical equipment off of your vehicle when it is off, then this is a number you want to look at closely.
Battery Date Code
The battery date code indicates when the battery was made. You’ll want to purchase a battery as new as possible, since the longer batteries sit, the less efficient they become. Ford batteries code features 2 characters. These indicate the month and year it was made. They can appear as a sticker or melted into the battery itself.
A warranty is always essential when it comes to vehicle parts. Check to see how long the replacement warranty is for the battery.
Why Choose Battery Replacement Service at South Bay Ford?
When it comes time to check your battery, look no further than South Bay Ford. Our friendly and knowledgeable Service Advisors and Ford Certified Technicians offer a full range of car services including:
- Free 21 multi-point inspection with battery check and brake inspection.
- Battery replacement.
With over 70 service bays available, stop by today to experience the South Bay Ford difference.
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Ford Battery Service Models:
- Ford Bronco Batteries
- Ford Edge Batteries
- Ford Escape Batteries & Escape Hybrid Batteries
- Ford Expedition Batteries
- Ford Explorer Batteries & Explorer Hybrid Batteries
- Ford F-150 Batteries
- Ford Mustang Batteries & the Mustang Mach-E Batteries
- Ford Ranger Batteries
- All other makes & models