Automotive Batteries Tucson AZ

All About Car Batteries

 

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Most car batteries must be replaced numerous times throughout the years. Batteries often fail when they get old or when they are completely drained. Shopping for a replacement battery is not difficult. However, several things must be considered during the buying process. Also, certain procedures must be implemented to protect the battery after it is installed. Finally, once the battery is totally drain, it should be disposed in an environmentally safe manner.

Car Battery Batteries – Maintenance AdviceIf you buy a maintenance-free battery, you won’t have to inspect the electrolyte levels. Although absorbent glass mat batteries are much safer, they have a higher price tag. However, if your car’s design makes the process of reaching the battery difficult, an AGM battery is the best solution.

Buy A Battery That Suits Your Driving Needs

Before you go out and buy a new battery, take notes so that you can select the proper battery design and size for your specific vehicle. You can find this information in the owner’s manual.

Another thing to consider is the driving conditions and climate in your neighborhood. Some batteries cannot handle high temperatures very well. Increased heat leads to corrosion and lower electrolyte levels.

Car Battery Batteries – Buying Advice

Every battery loses energy when over time. To ensure a longer battery life, select a unit that is under six months old. The shipping code for the date can be found on the case. The code varies depending on the manufacturer. Usually, the month is determined by a letter, and the year is determined by a number.

Purchase a battery that has a plastic loop because the handle makes lifting and transporting easier. Since a battery weights 40 pounds, the handle can help you lower it into the tray.

Battery Recycling

When your battery gets old, consider recycling it instead of tossing it into the trash. The toxic acid and lead in the battery can be recycled. If you do not have access to a recycling facility, a retailer can properly dispose the battery.

Always talk to someone in the store before you buy a battery. At some locations, you may have to pay a fee to recycled a battery. However, after you return the battery for recycling, the retailer will provide a refund.

Getting Your Boat And Truck Ready For A Weekend At The Lake? Don’t Forget The Batteries!

Do you like to get away for a weekend on the lake to do some fishing, or just to go for a cruise in your boat? After a long week of work and hustle and bustle, few things compare to loading your boat on the back of your trailer and towing it behind your truck as you ride off to the lake. But before you can do that, there are several things you should do in order to prepare your truck and boat for a weekend on the lake.

The first step in preparing your boat and truck is to make sure that you have the right size trailer that can fit the boat size on it, and also make sure your truck is able to carry the weight of the boat without any problems. When you load the boat onto the trailer, you’ll want to take care that you do not damage any parts of the body or engine. The boat should be stored away under a protective covering when it isn’t in use.

The second part is to make sure that the boat’s engine components have been checked including gasoline, oil, spark plugs, cooling system, transmission fluid, propeller, engine belts, and other important parts. When you check the engine, perhaps the most important part is your electrical system as you will need the power of your battery in order to start your boat. When you put the boat into storage, it’s usually wise to remove the battery from the boat and store it in a room of safe temperatures. You will want to check to make sure it hasn’t been corroded, running low on juice, and the wires are still intact.

If you need new batteries for your boat, you can select from a wide variety of marine batteries that are designed for heavy use. The most commonly used batteries are deep cycle batteries, which are known to have a more constant flow of electricity into your boat engine for prolonged use and to add more power. These batteries also come with a 1-year warranty so if they don’t work, you can return them and get a new one free. Don’t leave your boat without power, buy a battery from General Power Batteries so you can spend quality leisure time out on the water.

Preparing Your ATV or Motorcycle for a Weekend Ride?
Don’t forget the battery!

Whether you are an ATV rider or a motorcycle enthusiast, nothing beats being able to enjoy an entire weekend of riding. In order for your machine to perform at its best, it must be properly prepared for the adventure ahead. Here are some tips for preparing your all-terrain vehicle or motorcycle for a weekend ride.

Check the fuel supply
Due to their overwhelming excitement, some people tend to forget to check their vehicle’s fuel supply. Running out of gas in the middle of nowhere is a very helpless feeling. If your bike has been in storage for a while, be sure to drain out the old fuel. Gas loses octane over time.

Check the tire pressure
The tire pressure is important for a number of reasons. Not only does extremely low tire pressure force the engine to work harder, but it also dramatically increases the chances of a tire blowout. An exploding tire can cause the motorcycle rider to suddenly lose control. If a tire tends to lose pressure quickly, there is likely a puncture or leak.

Battery
The battery is one of the most critical components on your ATV or motorcycle. A motorcycle battery must be fully charged in order to effectively crank the engine. In the event that you plan to store your bike for a long period of time, remove the battery and keep it in a dry area. Depending on the temperature, your motorcycle battery may lose some of its charge over time. Charging it once a week will help to avoid any problems. Batteries that have surpassed their expiration date need to be replaced with a new unit.

Motor oil
The motor oil should never be overlooked. Take the time to check the oil level before each ride. A low level of oil can cause the engine to suddenly lockup while riding. The recommended type of motor oil varies for each engine, so always refer to the owner’s manual.

Chain maintenance
Typically, shaft-driven motorcycles require less maintenance. On the other hand, bikes equipped with a chain should be routinely inspected and oiled. A loose chain will need to be re-tightened back to the factory specs.

Brake inspection
Without a properly functioning set of brakes, your all-terrain vehicle is a major safety hazard. Before taking your machine on a fun-filled excursion, test and inspect the entire braking system.

Follow these tips before heading out for your ride this weekend and everything should run smooth, if you find that you need a replacement ATV battery or motorcycle battery or you want to have your battery professionally tested, then please give us a call or stop by we will be happy to help. We also stock 6 & 12 volt chargers to keep those batteries in prime starting condition when it is not possible to use your motorcycle for extended periods.

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Hey Tucson, Are You Prepared for the Summer Monsoon?

The Monsoon season is upon us here in Tucson, and we’re getting ready for the raging thunderstorms that can cause damage to our homes and take out our basic utilities. Power outages due to lightening, strong winds, hail, and flash floods are all possibilities during the Monsoon season.

Here are some essential items to have on hand this Monsoon season:

Flashlights:
Keep a flashlight and extra alkaline batteries for each member of your family in your emergency kit. These prove useful if the storm hits at night and knocks out your power system.

Radio for information:
When it storms in Tucson power and communication lines can go down. You should have a functional battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable am/fm radio with extra alkaline batteries for emergency information. With a portable radio, you will be able to stay in touch with the outside world and know what to be prepared for if you must venture out.

Maintain your car battery:
No one wants to get stuck somewhere with a dead car battery, especially not during a thunderstorm. The extreme heat we experience just before and during the Monsoon rain season can damage your car battery. Be sure to maintain your car battery year round so you don’t get stuck unexpectedly.

Summer Time Tips for Maintaining your Car Battery

In the summer, your battery is actually quite vulnerable to damage as a result of the heat. Corrosion, evaporation of battery fluids and explosion are just some of the ways the summer heat can harm your battery. There are some things you can do to prevent the heat from having a really bad affect on your battery.

Get to know your battery

Get out your car’s manual, and read the section that talks about the type of battery in your car. This will tell you what the battery indicator lights in the car mean and how to clean your battery. Make sure you wear safety goggles, gloves and a shirt with long, thick sleeves. You may need to add water to your battery. Always use distilled water.

Help your battery to complete its lifespan

Typically, a car battery has a lifespan of four years. You can help it reach this mark by protecting it from extreme temperatures. Try not to leave your car sitting out in the hot sun on a regular basis. Here’s why:

There is water in your battery’s fluids, and heat can cause this water to evaporate, which would be detrimental to your battery.

The heat also causes corrosion, which means your battery will slowly disintegrate. The battery gets hot on its own. Summer temperatures of 95 degrees or more are not going to help.

Keep your battery in a covered parking area or in your garage. If your car will be sitting for an extended period of time in an unprotected area, you could always take the battery out until you are ready to use it again.

Keeping your car in your garage during the cold winter months will help it reach life expectancy too.

Have your battery tested

General Power Batteries Inc. is a leading source of information on automotive batteries. They also inspect and test batteries. Having your car battery tested biannually or even every three months will ensure it doesn’t give out on you at the wrong time. A test will let you know the condition of your car’s battery and how soon you should plan on getting a new one.

A test can tell you a lot, but if your battery is leaking or bulging in places, then you need to replace it.

General Power Batteries Inc. services are available in Tucson, Arizona. Don’t hesitate to get in contact for all of your car, golf cart, and marine battery needs and questions.

Battery Charging Essentials

Keeping a car battery charged is part of a good maintenance plan; you want to be sure you car starts when you need it most. Most people have had experience jump starting a car at one time or another, hooking the battery of a running car to your drained battery, but in this article, we’re discussing keeping your healthy battery fully charged, or putting a charge on a dead or nearly dead battery in your home.

There are several steps to assure you get a solid charge, and maintain a safe environment while charging to avoid the possibility of any injury.

For equipment, you should consider owning a trickle charger. This is a device that plugs into your wall outlet and has jumper cables attached to it. A trickle (slow) charge provides a charge to your battery on a ‘non-urgent’ basis, and batteries seem to hold charges that have been delivered by a trickle charger for a longer period of time.

In order to prepare your car and battery for charging, you’ll need to follow a few steps:

1) Clean the battery terminals if needed. If they have a white powder like substance on them, this is dried sulfuric acide and can burn your fingers, so use caution. Clean the terminals with dry sandpaper, or a clean cloth with baking soda.

2) Remove the cell caps, the series of small caps on top of the battery. Gases build up during charging and removing the caps allows the gas to escape safely.

3) Attach the jumper cables, matching the appropriate colors, or the POS and NEG indicators. Do not let the jumper cables touch each other.

4) Turn on the charger, and let it run overnight. Check the meter in the morning and if reads less than an ampere, the task is complete and you can unplug the charger, and remove the jumper cables.

5) Test. See if you can start the car easily, without effort. If you can, your charge was successful; if you can’t, you probably need a new battery.

You can check your battery’s charge from time to time with a tool called a hydrometer If your battery has good days and bad days, you can tell if you need to ‘top off’ a charge from the hydrometer reading. Come and visit us at General Power Batters, where are always happy test and service your battery for you.

How to Maintain & Recycle Deep-Cycle Batteries

 

Deep-Cycle battery failures are often not the fault of the batteries themselves. They do need to be attended to every once in a while. However, if they are properly maintained, they should last a very long time. The most important thing to remember about deep-cycle batteries is to buy a high quality one. A good one should last about 5 to 15 years. A low quality battery will only last about half that time.

Maintenance
Deep-cycle battery maintenance should be done very carefully because they contain lead-acid, which can cause serious burns. Wear safety glasses and rubber gloves when working with them. It’s advisable to fill a plastic bottle with baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) and water. This can be used to neutralize any battery acid spills that might occur during the maintenance procedure.

Corrosion is one of the most common nuisances concerning deep-cycle battery maintenance. Apply a coat of sealant that does not harden to all the metal parts of the battery including the terminals, nuts and bolts. Although there are products sold specifically for this purpose, regular petroleum jelly (Vaseline) is a good enough choice. It will not get in the way of the electrical currents. Just spread on a thin layer using your fingers. Once corrosion sets in, it’s hard to stop.

If you find that wires are exposed at any terminal, use heat shrink tubing with adherent lining to seal it, and make sure it’s airtight. You can also use shrink tape that is capable of being submerged in water.

Deep-cycle batteries should be rinsed about twice a year. This helps to cut down on build-up of dust along with acid spills and splatters. This can be done outside in a safe area like a parking lot, driveway or over a floor drain. Rinsing the battery is also a further measure to avoid corrosion and keep stray currents from robbing the battery of energy.

Recycling
When the battery is ready to be recycled, it’s important to check the laws in your particular state to find out about regulations. In most states, you can simply take it to lead-acid battery retailer or wholesaler. If the location sells those same types of batteries, they must accept it for recycling. They must also accept the same number of that kind of battery that they have sold. You can also take it to an authorized recycling center.

Visit us at General Power Batteries, we are located at 970 S. Campbell Ave., Tucson. We would love to answer any of your questions. Offering great services and high quality batteries to our valued customers is our top priority.

Predicting Car Battery Failure

There is nothing more frustrating than walking out to your car on a cold winter’s day only to discover that your battery is dead. If you are vigilant with your car battery maintenance, then you will always be able to keep your car battery in good shape. This will ensure that you never have to face the awful scenario of a dead car battery. Here is a guide to car battery maintenance to keep your car starting when it needs to.
Signs Your Car Battery Needs to Be Replaced

The first step to proper car battery maintenance is always keeping a sharp eye on it. When you watch your battery closely, you can see signs that it is in need of replacement. The first sign is age. Any battery over three or four years old is in danger of losing its ability to hold a charge.

You also may see the check engine light come on if your battery is wearing out. If your car is very slow to start and making sluggish sounds when you crank the ignition, it is a strong sign that your battery probably needs to be replaced.

It is also important to physically inspect your battery from time-to-time. Look for signs of leaking fluids. If the battery appears to be swollen, this is another sign it is in need of replacement. If the fluid levels in the battery are low, then you most likely will need to replace the battery soon.

Maximizing the Life of Your Battery

Although every battery wears out eventually, there are several things you can do to prolong its life as much as possible. The first step is to minimize the short trips you take with your car. If you only ever use your car for short trips, the battery will rapidly lose its charge. You need to mix a long trip in occasionally to ensure your battery remains fully charged.

You should also keep the terminals of the battery clean to prolong the battery life. In addition, you need to avoid extremes of temperature to maximize battery life. You can help to protect your battery from the harsh weather by insulating it by installing a battery insulation kit.

As long as you keep an eye on your battery and take care of it well, you will make the chances of experiencing a dead battery almost nil. A good battery will last you for three to five years, and you will make sure you get the most out of it by following these tips. Visit General Power Batteries for wholesale prices on car batteries today.

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The Family Holiday Road Trip Checklist

Anyone preparing for a family road trip is likely to have an extensive checklist with which to cope. From in-car entertainment to clothing and toothbrushes for all of the kids, there is plenty to do to get ready. However, one of the most important lists that are meant to prepare you for the expedition is the one that relates to your vehicle. Facing car trouble on while on a road trip is always a worse-case scenario. In order to avoid such setbacks, check the following five items on your vehicle before you depart for family adventure.

General Maintenance

It is always a good idea to keep up with oil changes, recharge car  batteries, fluid levels, and other annual inspection items on a regular basis. However, these things are critical before a road trip where you vehicle is likely to be called upon for long hours in less than average conditions. If you are going anywhere hot, then be sure to add coolant levels to the list of fluids to be inspected before departure as well.

Rubber on the Road

Ensure that your tires are in good condition before pulling out of the drive way. Low air levels and bad tread can lead to poor gas mileage in addition to increasing the discomfort of the ride. This element can also be a safety concern. Should the tread be worn to the point that the internal wiring is exposed, there is a high likelihood of experiencing a blowout that can potentially cause you to have a sudden accident.

A Quick Stop

The condition of your brakes should be inspected as well. Be sure that the rotors and pads have enough life in them to provide adequate stopping distances. Also, check on the levels of brake fluid in the vehicle. Should you not be able to perform this one yourself, the majority of auto shops will do a free inspection in very little time.

Pack a Basic Kit

You never know what kind of obstacles and unexpected mechanical problems you will face on these kinds of drives. In order to be prepared, bring along a small tool kit that includes some of the basic requirements for general auto jobs. This kit should include items such as wrenches, pliers, a hammer, screwdrivers, and ratchets.

Battery Power

Check the condition of your battery using an amp reader to make sure that it will get you to your destination and back again. While looking at the battery, also glance at the alternator for any obvious problems that might impede its ability to recharge the battery as your trip moves ahead. Should any signs of corrosion or other red flags be present on the battery connectors, clean them or replace the battery altogether before leaving home.

Choosing a New Battery for Your Car

Has the battery in your car failed, or are you wanting to replace your current battery before winter temperatures take their toll? There are a few things you should know before buying a replacement.

Why do batteries fail?

Normally, sulfur crystals build up inside the battery when discharging, and break apart when charging. However, if the battery isn’t fully recharged regularly, those crystals have a chance to permanently bond to the lead plates, reducing current until the battery doesn’t hold enough power to start the engine. Electrolyte evaporation caused by high temperatures and stress from low temperatures can increase crystal formation. Because of the range of driving conditions a car can experience, battery life can vary widely from less than a year to five or six years.

What do I need to consider when buying a battery?

Size – The new battery should be the same dimensions as the old battery to ensure that it fits properly in the battery tray.Terminal Location – Most cars use top terminal batteries, connecting to the battery via C-clamps that attach to posts on the upper casing. However, many GM-build cars use side terminal batteries, using bolts to press connectors against terminals flush-mounted into the side of the battery casing. Many batteries will have both types of connectors.Voltage – Modern cars use 12 volt batteries, but many cars built up into the 1960s use 6 volt electrical systems.Cranking Amps (CA) – This is a measurement of power instantly available from the battery. The starter will require a minimum CA to turn the motor; this should be stated in the car’s owner’s manual. More is always better.

Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) – This is the number of amps available at 32 degrees F (0 degrees C.) The higher this number is, the better the battery will perform in cold weather.

Amp Hours – This is the total amount of power available inside the battery when fully charged. The more amp hours available, the longer the battery can run the car when the engine is off.

Manufacturing date – The battery should be less than six months old to ensure maximum life.

Maintenance – Standard batteries will gradually off-gas electrolyte, requiring the cells to be topped up every few months. “Maintenance free” gel batteries hold the electrolyte in a silica gel so it can’t boil off. Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) batteries are also maintenance free and are very vibration resistant, making them a good choice for off-roading.