Grid corrosion on positive terminal. (This occurs naturally over time. A hot climate can accelerate the corrosion as well as over charging the battery. Electrolyte loss due to heat or overcharging. voltage less than 13.8v when alternator is charging the battery while the engine in running. Battery is over 3 years old. Physical damage to battery ie accident.
If you find the battery terminals are corroded. Use a solution of baking soda and water. Wear gloves whilst doing this to protect your skin.
It is important to test your car battery and electrical system regularly, not just when it starts to show signs of weakness. Proactively testing it (or making sure your mechanic does) twice a year will help reduce your chances of failure. Bring you car in for a free battery test it will only take five minutes to test.
Start the car and turn on the headlights. Preferably do this in the garage with the door closed or at night. If they dim, that indicates the lights are running off the battery and that little or no charge is being produced by the alternator. If the lights get brighter as you rev the engine, it means the alternator is producing some current, but may not be producing enough at idle to keep the battery properly charged. If the lights have normal brightness and don’t change intensity as the engine is revved, your charging system is probably functioning properly. If you’ve been experiencing problems with your battery and the headlight test checks out okay, you should check whether or not the battery is holding charge, or if something on the vehicle is discharging it.
Most new batteries in this day and age are maintenance free and sealed units and come with two or three year warranties, depending on their quality and price. The cheapest battery is not always the best option. If ever you find the need to replace your battery always make sure it is the specified battery for your make and model of your vehicle. Let ASAP Motors test your battery first and then advise on the best way forward.
Yes it could. Each vehicle takes a different type of oil. Example 10W40, 5W30, 15W40 and 20W50. It is best to call us for advice on this matter before topping up oil as the wrong oil could cause damage to the vehicle.
Yes, this is a good idea. Start your vehicle and let it idle for 5 to 10 minutes every morning to make sure that there is enough oil pressure built up to lubricate your whole engine sufficiently. This will also prevent unnecessary wear and tear in the future.
A safety check is always highly recommended before any long trip to make sure that everything on your vehicle is fastened and in a road worthy condition to have a safe journey and avoid unnecessary break downs. It would also be a good idea to always check oil and water levels on every fuel stop for peace of mind. Don’t forget to check tyre pressures before a long trip as well as after arrival.
Unfortunately in this situation your vehicle will eventually drain the battery completely and the car will switch off. If your battery light should ever come on get to a safe place off the road and call for assistance.
Directional tyres have a directional tread design pattern. ie a tread pattern that is designed to work best in only 1 direction. Non directional tyres has a tread pattern that is designed to work equally well in any direction. The grooves are designed to channel the water properly out from under the tyre in wet conditions so optimum tyre adhesion is achieved with the road surface. This reduces aquaplaning or hydroplaning. The grooves are also optimised for maximum car handling around corners for maximum traction. Directional tyres also have an arrow or triangles on the outer edge of the tyre (sidewall) showing the direction of travel.
On most vehicles tyres are rotatable front to rear. Do balance and alignment every 10 000kms to avoid uneven wear. This is to make sure you get the full life out of your tyres. On most vehicles the front tyres wear more than the rear as the front of the car does all the stearing. We are talking about normal driving conditions and no racing. When pulling away from robots don’t accelerate to quickly, to avoid wheelspin. Don’t do harsh braking. Don’t enter a corner too fast, so as to avoid skidding. Do check your shocks regularly as worn shocks can damage your tyres. Inflate the tyres to the correct pressure for your situation to prevent uneven wear.
A safety check is always highly recommended before any long trip to make sure that everything on your vehicle is fastened and in a road worthy condition to have a safe journey and avoid unnecessary break downs. It would also be a good idea to always check oil and water levels on every fuel stop for peace of mind. Don’t forget to check tyre pressures before a long trip as well as you will be taking the whole family and luggage and that puts extra weight on the tyres.