It supplies the starter with the juice needed to start the engine. It works in tandem with your alternator to keep your vehicle running. It powers the lights, climate control, and other accessories even when the car isn’t running.
Your battery is an integral part of your vehicle’s health. It needs to be inspected, maintained, and replaced as necessary – the last thing you want is to be stranded in a Reading parking lot in the middle of winter with a dead battery. At Freedom Toyota of Harrisburg, our service experts will inspect your battery, check its charge level, and determine if it is good to go or needs to be replaced – and if you need a new battery, we have the recommended replacement for your vehicle right here on site!
Understanding Your Battery
With the drastic changes between the heat and humidity of summer, and the bitter cold of the Pennsylvania winter, car batteries in Dauphin and Cumberland Counties generally last between three to five years. Some may last longer – it depends on the amount of use it gets and how well it is maintained over time. By scheduling regular checks for your Toyota’s battery, we can tell when it is starting to lose charge, and replace it before it dies.
Signs your Battery Needs to be Replaced
Sometimes, your vehicle will tell you when it needs some help. You don’t have to wait for our service experts to conduct a scheduled diagnostic test – these symptoms are signs your battery needs to be brought in an inspected right away:
Prolonging the Life of Your Battery
Batteries are pretty resilient parts, but they still need some help to keep their effectiveness day in and day out. Helping them along isn’t that tough either – here are some small things you can do to extend the life of your battery:
Even with a fairly new battery, you may have some of the issues and symptoms mentioned above. This could be because your battery terminals are dirty or corroded. This can prevent a battery from performing to its highest potential.
Our Toyota-certified service staff knows how to recognize issues such as this, and they have the right solutions. By cleaning corrosion from the terminals and cable ends, spraying the terminal with anti-corrosion spray, and installing corrosion protectors to guard against further damage, they can help you avoid a battery replacement by simply servicing and cleaning your existing battery.
Sometimes it’s not even the battery that is the problem. Your battery cables are the lifelines of your vehicle, helping the juice from your battery move to the components that need it. Even if your battery is at full power, damaged cable ends can make it seem as though you battery is failing.
Our expert Toyota technicians will visually inspect the battery cable ends, and suggest replacement as needed based on their condition. This could be the difference between needing a new battery, or just needing a minor repair and getting back on the road.
Factors that Affect Battery Life
One of the reasons there is no predetermined lifespan of a car battery is because everyone drives differently. Various factors affect how long a battery last, and can shorten or lengthen the lifespan. This can include the weather in the region where you live, how often you drive, how long your engine is running when you drive, how many accessories are being used in the car, and even your driving style.
All Batteries are Not the Same
Not every car battery is right for a specific vehicle, or specific driving conditions. Not all batteries are made the same, and not all vehicles need the same batteries. That’s why it is important that you go to a Toyota service expert that understands the needs for your vehicle.
It’s not just the brand of battery that makes the difference. Some batteries are different sizes, while others have different reserve capacities. Some batteries offer more cold-cranking amps than others and are better for colder climates. Our team of service experts consider all of these factors in discussing the right replacement battery for your Toyota.
Q: What are cold-cranking amps (CCA)?
A: This indicates how much electrical power the car can deliver to the starter, at zero degrees Fahrenheit. Cranking amps (CA) are rated at the freezing point, 32 degrees Fahrenheit. As cold as Pennsylvania winters can get, you may want a battery that has more CCA.
Q: Does battery terminal corrosion mean that something is wrong?
A: Not at all. The corrosion on battery terminals is a natural reaction that happens when the copper in the terminal clamp reacts with the lead in the battery terminal, magnified by the transmission of electrical current and sulfuric acid from inside the battery. It doesn’t harm the battery, and isn’t a sign of trouble; but it is a poor conductor of electricity, which can make it seem like your battery isn’t performing up to par.
Q: What are the biggest power drains on my battery?
A: There are a lot of things that drain batteries, but the biggest worry are “parasitic drains,” or drains that leech energy over time without you knowing. This could include adding aftermarket accessories without proper grounding and leaving chargers plugged in while the vehicle is turned off.
Q: There are a lot of places that conduct battery inspections and sell new batteries. I am concerned about my battery and electrical system. Where should I go to get the right battery for my Toyota vehicle at the right price?A: Our service experts are factory-trained technicians who use state-of-the-art technology and equipment to help keep your vehicle running like new. They work exclusively on Toyota vehicles, and know exactly what your vehicle needs. There’s no better place to take your Toyota vehicle for electrical system repairs or battery replacement than Freedom Toyota of Harrisburg.