We know most of our cars need gas to run, but do you ever think about the fact that your car has a battery, too? Yep, cars need to batteries to run, and the lifespan of your car battery is highly dependent on where you live, how you drive and what kind of vehicle you have.
Unfortunately, a car battery isn't as simple as replacing the batteries in your remote. Fortunately, the staff at Street Toyota can help you find the right kind of battery for your car and install it for you.
If you don't know where to start with battery selection, we've got you covered. You and your car will be just fine if you start right here, with a Toyota TrueStart battery.
Toyota TrueStart: A Better Car Battery for All Your Needs
TrueStart batteries are built to work seamlessly with your car, regardless of climate. They achieve this through a combination of cold cramping amps (CCA) and individual reserve capacity (RC).
Plus, they're approved by Toyota engineers, so they'll last you quite a while. Just look at the warranty if you're skeptical: TrueStart batteries are backed with a 7 year warranty and 2 years of roadside assistance reimbursement, so you get more for the price.
When does my car battery need replacing?
Good question. Just keep this trusty checklist on hand to know when it's time to shop for a shiny new battery. If any of the following statements are true, it may be time to let the experts check on your battery:
- My battery has outlived the terrible twos (and the thunderous threes)
- My battery has outlived its warranty period
- My warning lights are on (or were on previously and I ignored them)
- I keep having to ask my neighbor or coworker to jump start my car
- A portable car battery charger lives in my car in case I need to recharge
- My lights get dimmer when my AC is on
- My car recently had alternator or belt problems
- My battery and cables look corroded and scary
Remember, one check on this list could be a check too many.
Street Toyota Battery Replacement Services
If you checked off one or more on the above checklist, or just have a question about your vehicle's battery or battery cost, come see us in Amarillo, Texas. Our factory-trained staff can help you choose the correct car battery to buy and get you ready to roll. We welcome customers from our hometown, Plainview and Lubbock, Texas, plus nearby Clovis, New Mexico.
It's happened to all of us, you hit the ignition… and, nothing. Silence. A dead battery. And, it always seems to happen at the most inconvenient time. There are a number of things that can impact the life of your battery. In particular, the climate you live in. Extreme temperatures are especially hard on car batteries. At 32 degrees fahrenheit, a battery loses 35% of its starting power. At 0 degrees, that loss increases to about 60%. At the same time, starting your engine can take up to twice as much power as under normal conditions. So, it's no surprise that a weak battery and cold weather can lead to a no start situation. Many battery problems start long before cold temperatures set in. Heat, more than cold, shortens battery life. Your battery contains liquid and heat causes it to evaporate. Low fluid levels can lead to corrosion and other damage to the internal structure of your battery. Here are some warning signs that your battery is about to fail: If your engine turns over slowly, called a sluggish crank, or if there is a slight pause before your engine begins to turn over. If you've recently needed a jump start, or if there are signs of corrosion around the battery terminals. These are all signs that it's time to have your battery inspected. And, if your battery is three years old or older, it's a good idea to have it tested regularly. Naturally, our Toyota factory trained and certified technicians have the right tools, equipment and expertise to do a comprehensive, electronic battery check. And, if you do need a replacement, we recommend a Genuine Toyota TrueStart battery. TrueStart batteries are manufactured to Toyota's exacting standards for quality and performance. And, they meet or exceed original equipment specifications. Best of all, they come with an 84 month warranty, including 24 month free replacement and 24 months of roadside assistance reimbursement. So, if you're having starting problems, be sure to contact one of our knowledgeable service representatives to schedule an electronic battery diagnostic for your vehicle.