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BATTERY SERVICE

Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery, here’s some auto advice to help you.

There are two measurements to consider when purchasing a new battery: cold cranking amps and reserve capacity. The power required to start a cold engine is measured in cold cranking amps. The number you need is determined by what kind of vehicle you drive and where you live. In general, higher-cylinder engines require more cold cranking amps than lower-cylinder engines. In other words, an eight-cylinder engine needs more cold cranking amps than a six-cylinder one. Also, diesel engines require more cold cranking amps than gasoline engines.

The weather where you live in MA also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder the vehicle engine, the more power it takes to get it started. Also, cold MA weather reduces the electrical efficiency of the battery, which reduces the amount of energy available in the battery to start the engine. Thus, in freezing temperatures, you need more power to start an engine, but you have less power available to get it started.

Your friendly and knowledgeable service advisor at Falmouth Motorcar can help you choose an appropriate battery for your vehicle and your lifestyle. Keep in mind that preventive maintenance and good vehicle care can extend the life of your battery. Judicious use of electric gadgets and good driving habits are wise and can help you get the most out of your battery.