It’s hard to get going in New Orleans if your car battery dies.
If you’ve owned a car for any length of time, you’ve probably had it happen. You come outside in the morning, get in the car to go to work and … nothing. Your car battery is dead. If you’re not lucky enough to get a jump from a family member or a neighbor, you sit and wait until a tow truck comes to get you going again. And, that takes time. Especially during the morning rush hour when other hapless New Orleans motorists are sitting in their driveways waiting because their car batteries have also died.
New Zealand’s Motor Trade Association, which governs car repair shops, says the typical battery has a life of four to six years, depending on many factors, but, with some care, a driver can extend car battery life.
Among those factors and tips that apply to New Orleans drivers:
- “Make sure to check all of the electrical connections and ensure the battery is kept clean and dry. …
- “Frequent, short car trips contribute to an earlier lifespan for car batteries. It takes roughly eight hours of continuous driving for the alternator to fully charge the battery. If the battery infrequently receives a full charge, strong crystalline deposits can form on the negative plates and consequently prevents the battery from charging properly. …
- “If your car isn’t in use for long periods of time, removing the negative battery connection during periods of non-use assists in the longevity of your battery. Just make sure to reconnect the terminal before attempting to start the car.
- “The electrolyte (acid/water) solution levels may be low. If your battery is not maintenance-free, you may need to adjust the solution levels. If the levels are low, be sure to use the necessary safety precautions when you are handling battery acid. Only use distilled water, or you will damage the battery.”
Another tip: Basic regular car care will help keep your car battery going longer. But, no matter what you do, your battery is eventually going to wear out and you’ll have to get another to get around New Orleans in your car. That’s definitely the time to come to see the car repair experts at Twin Tire and Auto Care (if you haven’t been going there for regular maintenance).
Twin Tire has been the New Orleans area’s top car care and car repair shop since 1973. Twin Tire has three New Orleans-area locations to serve you: Marrero, Hammond and Harvey. Twin Tire also has a location in Harahan for heavy commercial vehicles.
If you’ve been coming to Twin Tire for awhile, you know about Twin Tire Rewards. The program gives you points for every qualifying purchase. You can trade those points for discounts on car care and car repair, travel perks, or give them to a New Orleans charity. Like the Fuller Center for Housing, which helps New Orleans families who need homes. It’s free to sign up for Twin Tire Rewards. So do it today.
What a deal – come to Twin Tire for car battery care or replacement, donate your points to a New Orleans charity, and head off to the New Orleans Festival of Balloons with no fear that your car won’t start.
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