BATTERY CHARGING STARTING

Battery Charging Repair

The battery is an important part of the charging and starting system of your car. In the starting system, it sends current of electricity to start and run your car. The battery also supplies electricity to radio, lights and other systems when the vehicle is off. Most of the vehicles have only one battery. However, electric vehicles and vehicles with diesel engines require two or more batteries. SLI (Starting, Lighting and Ignition) battery is a type of battery widely used in vehicles.

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FAQs for Battery Charging

Family Car Care is pleased to offer answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the battery charging starting services offered at our business in Parkville.

How much does an alternator repair cost?

It is difficult to tell how much alternator repair or replacement costs. The cost of repair or replacement depends on several factors. It depends on whether the alternator can be repaired or it has to be replaced. Sometimes, replacing the belt is enough and in some cases, you need to replace the entire alternator. In addition to this, cost also depends on the type of your vehicle. Our mechanics check the alternator and provide you with accurate estimation. The cost of alternator replacement typically varies between $200 and $600.

How to clean dirty battery terminals?

Clean the terminals of your car’s battery regularly if you want it to perform stronger and longer. This can also prevent car battery corrosion.

Materials you need

  • Protective gloves
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Rag
  • Old toothbrush
  • Petroleum jelly

Instructions

  • Mix a cup of water and one tablespoon of baking soda.
  • Turn off the engine, remove battery cables and then inspect it. Check terminals for buildup, corrosion and grim. Don’t ignore leaking, swollen, or bloated battery. Call Family Car Care for replacement.
  • Dip the old toothbrush in the mixture and scrub the terminals to remove the build up.
  • Rinse the battery and wipe residue down with a damp rag. Dry the terminals with another rag.
  • Rub a bit of petroleum jelly on terminals to lubricate them.
  • Reattach the cables.
How does a car battery work?

A battery converts chemical energy into electricity. It consists of cells in which chemical energy is stored. A lead-acid chemical reaction takes in the SLI battery of your car. This battery powers engine, lights and accessories of your car by providing short bursts of energy. After it has started the engine, power comes from alternator.

Working of car battery

There are six cells in an SLI battery each cell having two plates. One plate is made of lead and the second plate is made of lead oxide. Each cell produces 2-volts of energy. As there are six cells, your car’s battery produces 12-volts of energy.

Both plates are submerged in sulphuric acid. This acid triggers a chemical reaction between both plates. Sulphuric acid triggers the lead dioxide plate to produce ions and lead sulfate. These ions react to the other plate and produce hydrogen and lead sulfate. This leads to the production of electrons which race around plates. This movement of electrons generates electricity. We use this electricity to start the engine, and run lighting, radio and other systems in the car.

How much does it cost to replace car battery?

The labor cost of battery replacement is often less than 30$ dollars. The actual replacement cost of battery depends on your car and the quality and brand of the battery.