Jim’s Automotive Services Inc.

3330 S Glen Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

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When do I need to replace my battery?

Posted on May 19,16 by cccadmin

When do I need to replace my battery?

Jim’s Automotive Service Answer:

That’s the key question for Glenwood Springs auto owners. All batteries wear out and need to be replaced—but some are replaced before their time.

Look, if your battery is dying and you need a jump-start, it could very well be that you have a bad battery. But Glenwood Springs motorists should have their local Glenwood Springs auto service center test the battery first to see if it’s actually bad. The vital problem could be parasitic drain or a bad alternator that’s not properly charging your battery.

Motorists in this situation also need to have their service advisor review their alternator and have it tested. A surprisingly high percentage of “bad” alternators brought into Jim’s Automotive Service in Glenwood Springs are actually fine: the problem is a worn serpintine belt and/or a bad battery. If you don’t check the belt, tensioner and alternator you can just end up replacing batteries that are still good. Talk to your knowledgeable Jim’s Automotive Service service specialist.

That brings us back full circle to when batteries do fail. There’s a chemical cycle that takes place inside your battery: the battery is discharged when you start the family car and is recharged by the alternator when you drive. Short trips around the Glenwood Springs area with frequent stops and starts may mean that your battery is never fully recharged. When a battery isn’t fully charged, parts of the battery harden and are no longer available to “store” electricity. Over time, your battery just can’t hold enough charge for the needs of your family car. This is harmful to your alternator as it tries to keep up, causing it to wear out prematurely.

Batteries last longer in colder climates and wear out faster in warmer Colorado climates. We want to remind you that on average, 70% of batteries fail within four years. Many automotive experts recommend replacing your battery every five years. This will curtail the chances of being stranded on a local interstate with a dead battery as well as prevent undue wear on your alternator.

Come in today and we can check your battery to ensure it is properly charged.

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Jim’s Automotive Services Inc.

3330 S Glen Avenue

Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Phone: 970.945.6666

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Jim's Automotive Services
Monday - Friday : 8:00am-5:30pm
Saturday : 8:00am-2:00pm
Sunday : Closed
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