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BATTERY & CHARGING SYSTEM

What does the battery do?

The first purpose of an auto battery is to provide power for starting your vehicle. It also acts as a surge protector for the car's computer and provides power for short-term use of things like lights, stereo, GPS or wipers when the engine is off.

How does the battery start my car?

The car battery is part of the starting system. There are three main components in this system:

  1. The ignition switch is either the starter button you press or where you insert your key.

  2. The switch controls the starter relay (also called a solenoid). When you turn the ignition, it sends a small electrical current to the starter relay. This causes a pair of contacts to close.

  3. When those contacts close, the battery sends voltage to the starter motor, which turns some gears to start the car.

What are the different type of vehicle batteries?

The vehicles we drive and the various ways we use them are constantly evolving, and auto batteries are playing an increasingly important role. To keep up with increased demand on your battery, the technology of automotive batteries has dramatically advanced over the last several years. That’s why we’re here to help you navigate through the different types of battery technologies and determine which is the best fit for your driving needs and your vehicle.

Standard Flooded Batteries

The standard flooded (wet cell) battery is the most common type of auto battery. It provides power to reliably start your vehicle and provide power for standard vehicle electrical accessory loads.

Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) Batteries

AGM batteries are designed to provide superior power to support the higher electrical demands of today’s vehicles and start-stop applications.

OPTIMA® SPIRALCELL TECHNOLOGY®

OPTIMA® SPIRALCELL TECHNOLOGY are AGM batteries that have a unique six-pack design for higher power, cycling capability and vibration resistance.

What does an alternator do?

While the battery is essential for starting your car when it's off, the alternator keeps your car alive when the engine is running. The alternator powers most car's electronic components while you're driving around or idling, including your headlights, electric steering, power windows, windshield wipers, heated seats, dashboard instruments, and radio.

How does an alternator work?

The alternator works by turning mechanical energy into electrical energy. When your engine is on, it powers a drive belt that rests on a pulley attached to the alternator. The pulley turns the alternator's rotor shaft, which spins a set of magnets around a coil. These spinning magnets generate alternating current (AC) around the coil, which is then channeled to the alternator's rectifier. The rectifier converts that AC power into DC power, which activates your car's electrical systems.

Inspection
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Load test battery and alternator

Computer test starter operation

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Factory warranty approved

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Inspection
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$30

Load test battery and alternator

Computer test starter operation

Performed by a licensed technician

Factory warranty approved

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