How Your Battery Starts The Car
The purpose of your car’s battery is to provide power to your vehicle while also acting as a surge protector for your vehicle’s computer system while also providing short term power to things like the headlights, stereo, and GPS. The car battery is an essential part of the starting system, and there are three different components to the system. The ignition switch which is either the starter button you press or where you insert the key. This switch controls the starter relay, which is also known as the solenoid. Once you turn the ignition, it will send a small electrical current to the starter relay, which causes a pair of contacts to close. Once those contacts close, the battery then sends voltage to the starter motor, which turns the gears so the car will start.
How Your Battery Provides Power
Typically, there are two types of car batteries known as flooded and AGM batteries, which use lead-acid technology. The typical lead-acid automobile battery contains a couple of plates of lead alternating and plates made of other materials that are all immersed in a type of electrolyte solution that contains about one-third sulfuric acid and two-thirds water. When you turn the key in the ignition, you will trigger the acid in the liquid electrolyte solution to react with the material on those plates. The result is a large electrical current that travels through the starting system, causing a chain reaction and getting the engine to start.
How The Battery Recharges
While you’re driving, the alternator recharges the battery as your drive. The alternator also supplies the power to the electronic parts of your vehicle while you’re pushing the pedal down. The alternator belt from the engine drives your alternator. As the belt continues to go around, it generates an electrical current that runs the vehicle’s electronics and sends the current back to the battery, so it recharges. There is a voltage regulator that controls the flow of electricity and keeps it even and also delivering the right amount of charge so that it can run the air conditioning or the heater. The voltage regulator also prevents the battery from overcharging, which can cause damage.
How Your Battery Dies
Over your batteries life, the discharge and recharge reactions happen about a thousand times. Every cycle wears out your plates a tad, and over time the lead deteriorates. As your battery loses its capacity, the cold-cranking amps start to decrease. Deep discharging happens when you use the battery to run the radio, lights, or other electrical systems. In your car, when the engine is on without the vehicle being in motion, it’s responsible for a large portion of battery failures. Discharging most of your battery’s capacity by running the electrical parts of your vehicle will cause the deterioration to happen more quickly. If your starting to see your battery deteriorate, be sure to stop by Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and have our experts take a look.
Have Your Battery Checked at Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM
All batteries will die eventually, so it’s crucial that if you sense your battery is starting to go bad, you head to Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM and have our expert technicians check it out. If you need a replacement, we are more than happy to take care of it for you. Of course, your battery could need cleaning or reconnection of the wires. We can do that for you as well! We look forward to working on your vehicle here at Classic Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, and you can either make an appointment at our dealership or on our website