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  • Battery Replacement at Affordable Transmissions in MINNEAPOLIS

    Aug 6, 2018

    Hello, welcome to Affordable Transmissions. Today's focus is batteries. It seems like everything in MINNEAPOLIS runs on batteries. Of course, the batteries we're most concerned with here at Affordable Transmissions are those in our customer's vehicles. Just like the batteries in our smoke detectors or TV remote, drive 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 MN, specifically how cold it is. (Many MINNEAPOLIS 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's 80 degrees Fahrenheit (27 degrees C) in MINNEAPOLIS. At that temperature, 100% of the battery's power is available. At freezing, only 65% of battery power is available, but it requires 155% as much power to start the engine as it did at 80 degrees F (27 degrees C).

    As you can see, the colder it gets, more power is needed, but the available power drops.

    So if you live where it's cold in MN, you need a battery with more cold cranking amps than you do where it's moderate or hot. The battery that originally came with your vehicle was based on averages. At Affordable Transmissions, we like to remind MINNEAPOLIS drivers that they should always get at least as many cold cranking amps as their vehicle manufacturer recommends but may want to upgrade if they live where it gets real cold.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169

     




    Need a New Battery? Call Affordable Transmissions Today

    Jun 19, 2018

    Hello MINNEAPOLIS 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 MINNEAPOLIS, 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 Affordable Transmissions service advisor can help you determine the right vehicle replacement battery for the way you drive around MINNEAPOLIS, as well as the MN climate and durability needs.

    Contact Affordable Transmissions for information on battery replacement.

    Give us a call.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169




    Automotive Tips from Affordable Transmissions: Making a Battery Last Longer

    Jan 1, 2017

    One thing all MINNEAPOLIS 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. Affordable Transmissions 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 MINNEAPOLIS are or using a battery charger will preserve your battery’s ability to hold a full charge.

    Give us a call.

    Affordable Transmissions
    6317 WELCOME AVE N STE 1
    MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55429
    (763) 533-1169