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Positive and Negative (Battery Care)

You notice when your smartphone's battery starts to go weak on you.  It runs out of juice faster than it did when it was new.  Bet you pay attention to that pretty closely. Unfortunately, many of us don't pay the same attention to the battery in our vehicles. If your battery got you through the cold-weather months, you might be thinking you're all set until next winter. But you might be surprised to learn this: Hot weather is harder on a battery than cold weather.  (Note: we're talking about a conventional vehicle here, not an all-electric, plug-in one.) The way your vehicle's battery holds a charge is that it has chemicals inside it, and they react with each other to produce electricity.  A vehicle battery discharges electricity and then needs to be recharged.  Unlike your smartphone that you plug in each night to charge, the way a vehicle's battery gets recharged is by using the mechanical energy of the engine.  It's a pretty cool system that's been arou ... read more

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Battery Maintenance Tips From Twin City Auto

When it comes to your vehicle, it all starts with the battery. Proper battery maintenance is important for two reasons:First, your vehicle won't start or run without it. Second, it is the key to the long life of your auto electrical system. If your battery isn't working efficiently, your alternator has to work overtime to make up for it, and other electrical components can suffer as well.A number of years ago sealed batteries were introduced to the local Scottsbluff, NE, market. They were hailed as being 'maintenance-free batteries.' While it is true that you can't get in and adjust the electrolyte levels of a sealed battery, it is by no means maintenance free.Batteries are very sensitive to changes in the weather around NE. Temperature really affects auto battery performance. A battery inspection is an important part of your spring and fall checkups. Next time you're under your hood, take a look at your battery. Is it clean and free of residue? A dirty battery will drain. Is there c ... read more

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Battery Replacement at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff

Battery Replacement at Twin City Auto in Scottsbluff

Hello, welcome to Twin City Auto. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in Scottsbluff runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Twin City Auto are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, they wear out and need to be replaced . This can be thought of as the power output used to start a cold vehicle engine. The number of cold cranking amps you need depends on your vehicle and where you live in NE, specifically how cold it is. (Many Scottsbluff drivers have first-hand experience trying to start their car on a cold winter morning.) The two factors are that the colder your vehicle's engine is, the more power it takes to turn the engine over to get it started. It has all that cold, sluggish oil to contend with.The other factor is that the chemical reaction in the battery that creates electrical energy is less efficient when the temperature dips. Let's say it ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Twin City Auto: Battery Testing

The simple fact is that 70% of car batteries fail within 4 years. They just need to be replaced at Twin City Auto when they are no longer able to hold a full charge.Batteries are a big ticket item for most Scottsbluff drivers and it’s tempting to put off buying a new one as long as possible. But a battery that cannot hold a full charge requires the alternator to work extra hard, causing it to wear out prematurely.Your Twin City Auto service advisor can test your battery to see if it should be replaced. Testing is a good idea for NE drivers because a battery might still be good, but become dead because of a bad alternator or even a worn serpentine belt and tensioner. Twin City Auto1802 E Overland Suite #4Scottsbluff, NE 69361308.635.7404  

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Battery Basics for Scottsbluff

Battery Basics for Scottsbluff

It's important for Scottsbluff drivers to know battery basics. First, let's talk about which is harder on a battery – hot or cold NE weather. Most Scottsbluff area drivers think it's cold weather because that's when we call on our batteries to have enough power to start a cold vehicle engine. However, heat does more damage to a battery than cold. Truth is, our batteries start to die a little from day one. Keeping a full charge slows the process, which is hard with short Scottsbluff trips because the alternator doesn't have time to fully recharge the battery from starting the engine. Scottsbluff drivers can top off the charge with a computer controlled battery charger – say, once a month in the summer and every three months during the winter.As far as how long a battery will last, statistics show that 70% have given up the ghost within four years. By that time, they aren't capable of taking a full charge like they u ... read more

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Need a New Battery? Call Twin City Auto Today

Hello Scottsbluff drivers! Need a new battery? There is a good chance that you do – 70% of batteries need to be replaced within four years. As your battery discharges and then recharges as you drive around Scottsbluff, bits of the surface of the battery plates disintegrate. As this process continues over a few years, the alternator has to work harder to supplement the battery charge. Over time, enough of the battery is damaged that it can no longer hold a charge and it needs to be replaced. This also speeds up wear on the alternator.Your Twin City Auto service advisor can help you determine the right vehicle replacement battery for the way you drive around Scottsbluff, as well as the NE climate and durability needs.Contact Twin City Auto for information on battery replacement.Give us a call. Twin City Auto 1802 E Overland Suite #4 Scottsbluff, NE 69361 308

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Charge It in Scottsbluff for Extended Battery Life

Here's an interesting statistic for our in Scottsbluff, NE, drivers: Only 30 percent of car batteries make it to 48 months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from 51 months in extremely cold areas to just 30 months in extremely hot climates.Why is that? It turns out that it's our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs and entertainment computers are keeping vehicle batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it'll die.It's clear that you Scottsbluff drivers need to recharge your batteries. This is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car's demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions or short trips around Scottsbluff. The alternator just can't keep up.The result is shortened battery life. So what can we do to improve our battery's health?We need to keep the battery as close to a full charg ... read more

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Battery Replacement for Your vehicle

Modern vehicles in and around Scottsbluff run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done for Scottsbluff drivers without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution. But today's vehicles have more electrical components and do-dads than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks windows and sun roofs. And then us NE drivers have all the power outlets for our cell phones, computers and DVD players.We also have navigation systems and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off.Fortunately, battery technology has given Scottsbluff drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, batteries just we ... read more

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A New Battery in Scottsbluff

Hello Scottsbluff drivers, let's talk about batteries. Car batteries are just like any rechargeable battery. They will eventually wear out and die. If you are shopping for a new battery in Scottsbluff, 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 NE also determines the number of cold cranking amps you need. The colder the ve ... read more

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Automotive Tips from Twin City Auto: Making a Battery Last Longer

One thing all Scottsbluff drivers can do to extend the life of their battery is to keep it clean. A greasy, dirty battery holds in damaging heat. Same goes for removing corrosion from the terminals. Twin City Auto can help maintain your battery.Allowing your battery to be deeply depleted – like from using your headlights when the engine is off – is very harmful to your battery. Most automotive batteries can only take that about 10 times before they are ruined.Also, making sure you have a full charge every month or so extends battery life. Either an extended drive at freeway speeds around the Scottsbluff are or using a battery charger will preserve your battery’s ability to hold a full charge.Give us a call.Twin City Auto1802 E Overland Suite #4Scottsbluff, NE 6936130

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