Interstate Battery, Starting and Charging System
Battery, Charging and Starting System Service & Repair in Santa Rosa, Ca
Spring Works offers complimentary battery, alternator, and starter testing. Make an appointment today for a fast and free charging system check to keep you on the road. We are located in Santa Rosa, CA.
Interstate Batteries has provided top-quality products since 1952 and is the preferred battery brand by auto technicians. Interstate batteries has products for cars, trucks, over-the-road big rigs, forklifts, golf carts, and personal watercraft. In addition, for 65 years Interstate has provided custom solutions in the motive and critical power industries. Schedule a Free Battery & Charging System Check today.
Charging, Starting, and Battery Inspection
Your battery is a major component of your vehicle. If it doesn’t work right, your car won’t run. It’s that simple. Additionally, your charging and starting system are responsible for running every other electrical-controlled process in your car, including your transmission, sensors, controlled fuel delivery, and ignition system.
If you suspect your battery, alternator, or starter aren’t working like they should, bring it in for an inspection. Even if you don’t suspect anything is wrong, having your battery and system inspected regularly can clue you in to problems that you can fix before they become major headaches.
We recommend that you bring your vehicle in every twelve months to have your battery, charging, and starting system checked to identify small problems before they turn into all out failure. We’ll test your battery condition and connections, along with your alternator’s output. We can also inspect your alternator drive belt and replace it if it’s not in good condition.
Consistent checks are the best way to ensure your vehicle keeps running properly and you don’t end up surprised with a dead battery.
Charging, Starting, and Battery Service & Repair
If we uncover a problem with your charging, starting, and battery system during an inspection, we’ll recommend repair options to keep your vehicle running. In some cases, we may need to repair parts instead of replacing them. Batteries, on average, only last about four years. If your battery is old, it might just need to be replaced.
No matter what we uncover, we’ll make sure you understand all of your repair and replacement options. Get it done right.
Your alternator helps keep your battery charged and is responsible for other electrical systems in your car. If it goes bad, it can lead to a host of problems, including a dead battery. The alternator can go bad suddenly, or it can wear down over time.
Here are some signs your alternator might be going bad:
1. Your alternator warning lights come on
The indicator lights on every vehicle are a little different. If your vehicle has an alternator indicator light, you might see a light that says ALT or GEN. If you see your battery light, it could also mean that your alternator is going bad. These lights are usually based on the amount of electricity your car is using, so if your alternator’s output drops below a certain level, it will trigger a warning light to turn on.
2. You smell burning rubber or electrical fire
The smell of anything burning while you drive is rarely a good thing. If you smell burning rubber when you’re driving, it could be a sign of an alternator going bad as excess friction builds up when the alternator belts aren’t able to move correctly. If the burning smell is more electrical, it could be that your alternator belt is slipping. In either case, bring your vehicle in for an inspection ASAP.
3. Electrical components in your vehicle stop working
Your alternator provides power to the electrical components of your vehicle. So, if your electric windows aren’t rolling up and down like they normally do, or if your power seats stop moving normally, it could be due to your alternator. You might also notice your radio or inside lighting dimming or turning off altogether.
If your car is having trouble starting, it might not be the battery; it could be the starter. Here are some signs that your starter is going bad:
1. Your car doesn’t start and your lights still work
The most obvious sign that your starter could be going bad is that the car doesn’t start when you put the key in the ignition, or when you press the start button on an electrical key system vehicle. You might hear a “click” when you turn your key (or press the start button) if your starter is going bad if your circuit system hasn’t completely failed yet. If your headlights and interior lights still work, your problem is likely the starter and not the battery.
2. It takes awhile for your vehicle to start
If you sit with your key turned in the ignition for awhile before it actually starts up, it could be a sign that your starter is going bad. If your lights are still working and you’re experiencing a long delay before the car starts up, it’s probably the starter and not the battery.
3. The starter stays on even after the engine starts
If you can get your vehicle to start, but then the starter stays on, your starter is probably going bad. Bring your vehicle in for service because having the starter stay on can quickly lead to damage in your starter, relay, and transmission circuit.
On average, car batteries need to be replaced every four years. How long your battery lasts depends on several factors, including the type of car you drive, how frequently you drive it, how aggressively you drive it, and what type of temperatures your vehicle sits in. If you take lots of short trips as opposed to long trips, your battery life might be shorter, since it doesn’t have enough time to charge. Your battery life will also be shorter if your vehicle sits out in extreme temperatures.
Signs that your battery is going bad include:
1. The check engine light is on
Anytime your check engine light comes on, you should bring your vehicle in for service. In the case of your battery, your check engine light can come on when your vehicle’s electricity usage drops.
2. Your vehicle won’t start and your lights won’t turn on
If your vehicle won’t start and your lights also aren’t working, it’s probably your battery and not your starter.
3. Your engine takes awhile to crank
You’re probably familiar with the “rurr” sound that comes with an engine that’s slow to crank. If you notice this, but your car still starts, consider yourself lucky and bring your vehicle in for a battery inspection to see if it’s time for you to get a new one.