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Auto Batteries and Battery Service

The heart and soul of your vehicle is the battery and electrical system. If the battery goes, your vehicle could leave you stranded. To make sure that things start up when you turn the ignition, it’s important to understand your battery and electrical system. And if you ever need to replace your auto battery, Tires Plus offers you special,internet–only pricing!

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Free Battery Test

You’ve probably been stuck with a dead battery at least once – it happens to almost everybody at one time or another. To help you avoid being stranded, we offer a free battery check–up at every Tires Plus location. Our quick diagnostic check could save the day for you, because it estimates the temperature at which your battery may fail to start and how much longer you may have until it fails.

Your Car’s Electrical System

The electrical system includes three main parts — battery, starter and alternator. These components help start your car’s engine and keep it running. If one of these parts isn’t working right, your car won’t start or run properly. So this is where our electrical system check comes in handy. We can pinpoint problems when they occur (or before they occur!) and provide all the services you might need to help get you back on the road.

VIRTUAL BATTERY TESTER

HOW MUCH "LIFE" IS LEFT IN MY BATTERY?

How Your Battery Works

Simply put, your auto battery converts chemical energy into electrical energy to make your vehicle run. The battery provides energy to start it up, and also helps stabilize voltage to keep your engine running. When your battery’s power is low, or its cables or terminals are loose, your vehicle probably won’t start. (Unfortunately, your vehicle generally gives very few warning signs before it fails.) To help, Tires Plus offers an early detection test that helps determine if your battery is beginning to fail.

View our interactive diagram explaining your car’s electrical system
The Starter

Although the battery supplies the power to start your vehicle, the starter is really what gets the engine going. The battery supplies a small amount of power to the starter motor. The starter then rotates the flywheel, which turns the crankshaft and begins the movement of the engine’s pistons. It’s difficult to determine when a starter will fail, but an electrical system check at Tires Plus can determine the warning signs. We know what’s happening by checking if the starter is drawing the proper amount of current. Excessive current draw will indicate a worn starter, while a low current draw indicates corroded cables or connections. Too much or too little current exposes the problem — so the professionals at Tires Plus can fix it!

The Alternator

When your engine is running, the alternator keeps the battery charged and the electrical system going. Your car can start with a faulty alternator, but it won’t be able to run for an extended period of time. If the alternator requires replacement, your vehicle’s electrical system will perform erratically, its battery will discharge, and eventually your engine will lose power. A complete electrical system check from Tires Plus will tell you whether the alternator is generating the proper amount of current and voltage — and let you know before your alternator fails.

Is Your Electrical System Failing?

Electrical systems rarely fail — but auto batteries, starters and alternators are not designed to last the life of a vehicle. If you keep your vehicle long enough, they’ll eventually require replacement. Tires Plus won’t let failure take you by surprise. Come to us and get your system checked — we can help prevent you from being stranded because of a failed part. If you’re unsure if your vehicle needs a new battery, schedule a free battery test, electrical system maintenance or diagnosis.

In most cases, your vehicle gives you very few warning signs that electrical system components are coming to the end of their life cycle. Here are some signs that your vehicle’s electrical system may not be functioning properly:

  • No crank or slow crank when you turn the ignition key
  • An electrical system dashboard warning light (usually a battery) that remains on when driving
  • Loss of power in accessories or erratic electrical system functionality
  • Blown fuses
High–Quality New Batteries

Your vehicle may need a new battery, and we can get you the right one for your vehicle at an affordable price. We stock Interstate Batteries — a nationally recognized, high–quality auto battery brand. You can choose from 4–, 5– and 6–year performance warranty batteries that all provide reliable starting capabilities. When you buy a new battery from us, we’ll always replace it with one that meets the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations. Use our Battery Selector (near the top of this page) where you’ll see battery pricing, as well as a complete list of the features and benefits of each product. Plus, we offer special internet–only pricing for batteries, so you’re sure to get a price that won’t break the bank.

Typical Battery Life

On average, a battery lasts 3 to 5 years. However, auto battery quality, driving habits and driving region have an impact on a battery’s life. For example, if you take many short trips (less than 20 minutes), your battery won’t have enough time to recharge fully, which can shorten the battery’s life. Also, exposure to extreme temperatures — both hot and cold — can also shorten its lifespan. This map gives an indication of how long batteries will last in different climates.

Tires Plus Auto Battery Life Expectancy Zone

Try our Virtual Battery Tester (at the top of this page) to get an idea of how long your original auto battery might last. If your battery is near the end of its estimated life for your region, Tires Plus offers a choice of Interstate Batteries to fit your vehicle.

Tips for Maximum Battery Life

There are certain preventative measures you can take to get the most out of your vehicle’s battery and electrical system. Here are some tips:

  • Avoid leaving on lights and accessories when the engine is not running — this will drain your battery.
  • Take fewer short trips to prevent inconsistent battery charge levels.
  • Make sure your vehicle’s battery terminals are kept clean and free of corrosion.
  • Always have a qualified professional maintain your electrical systems.
  • Have quality replacement parts installed when existing electrical system parts fail.

Our Corrosion Protection Package, Battery Terminal cleaning service, and quality replacement parts like Interstate Batteries can all help you get the most out of your existing electrical system parts — and provide you with quality replacement parts when original components fail.

Early Detection, Early Prevention

Our technicians use special Early Detection analyzers to give your battery a free check–up every time you bring your vehicle in for tires, maintenance or repairs. This equipment lets you know if your battery is providing adequate power, and at what temperature it could potentially fail. We’ll give you a printout with one of three possible results:

  • A "Good" result gives you the confidence that your vehicle’s battery is functioning properly.
  • A "Marginal" test result indicates that your battery is functioning properly, but its life expectancy is compromised. A close monitoring with follow–up battery health checks is encouraged.
  • A "Replace" test result indicates that the battery — even though it’s currently starting your engine — fails to meet the original equipment manufacturer’s recommendations.

If you decide to purchase a battery after receiving a Marginal or Replace result, you can get more information on battery products via our Battery Selector (near the top of this page). With this tool, you can choose your battery, get a quote, and set up an installation appointment — all in one place. Plus, we offer special internet–only pricing for auto batteries, so you’re sure to get a great price.

If you’re unsure if your vehicle needs a new battery, schedule a free battery test, electrical system maintenance, or diagnosis

The Plus Is In Everything We Do

Quality people, parts and service — these are the three main reasons we think we’re the best when it comes to batteries and electrical systems. We have ASE–certified technicians and always follow Motorist Assurance Program (MAP) guidelines when maintaining and making repairs, making sure your vehicle will start. We offer a complete line of Interstate Batteries, and we sell more of their battery products than any other retailer. Plus, our service is unmatched — we make it easy to buy, set up an appointment and install your battery and electrical systems on your schedule, with affordable pricing.

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