We can help you choose the
right battery for your vehicle and lifestyle. Our staff can safely and
professionally install your battery and get you back on the road.
Batteries are a huge part of modern life in St. Charles Missouri. I mean, how many battery chargers do you have?
Of course, our purpose here is to talk about your car battery. When people come into our St. Charles Missouri service center
and need a new battery, they're really not that happy about having to spend the money. But the fact is that 70 percent of
batteries don't make it for 4 years.
There are some things that you can do to extend the life of your battery. First, keep it clean. If you see it getting dirty
or greasy, let us know at Sparks Tire & Auto and we can clean it off. A dirty battery runs hotter and that shortens its
life. If your battery terminals are corroded, let us take a look at that too. We can clean them, and if the corrosion has
gotten into the battery cables, we can replace them.
Also running your battery way down is bad for it: Things like running the headlights or watching a DVD player with the car
turned off can deeply deplete your battery. The typical battery can only take about 10 of those deep cycle depletions before
it gives up the ghost.
Because we often take short trips around St. Charles with lots of stops for errands, our batteries can end up not getting
fully recharged just by driving around. That also shortens battery life. You can hook up a good quality automatic battery
charger at home from time to time. We recommend charging once a month during hot months and every three months during cold
Now when it's finally time to get a new battery, we can help you find the right replacement. We'll always make sure to meet
your manufacturer's recommendations. Now if you have special needs – like live in a very cold climate or run a lot of
electrical accessories, we can look at an upgrade that'll give you the power you need... (more)
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Did You Know
Car batteries last longer in cold climates than in warm. Cold starts put a greater
demand on batteries, but heat is a big factor in car battery life. We can test you battery for how well it holds a
charge and to estimate how much life it has left. At Sparks Tire & Auto in St. Charles, MO. we install quality NAPA
replacement parts. Give us a call at (636) 946-5900 and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.
Learn More About Your Vehicle
Even if you have the most meticulously maintained vehicle on the road,
without a well maintained battery, your vehicle may not start or even
allow you access to the vehicle. From power door locks to auto start
systems, today's vehicles rely on correct voltage and clean connections to
allow today’s technology dependent vehicles to perform and take you to
electrical system powers everything from the ignition and fuel systems to
accessories such as your radio, headlights and wipers. The electrical
system is, in turn, powered by the engine. The following is a brief
overview of the electrical system that makes transportation possible:
When your car's engine is
off, the battery provides the required power to the rest of the system,
as well as during start-up (cranking). It also supplements the power
from the charging system during periods of high demand. Composed of a
series of lead plates submerged in a 35% sulfuric acid/65% water
solution, your 12-volt battery houses a chemical reaction that releases
electrons through conductors, producing electricity which is then
channeled into your vehicle's electrical system.
charging system is the life force of your vehicle's electrical system, It consists of three main components: the belt-driven
alternator, various electrical circuits, and a voltage regulator. The
alternator supplies power to the electrical system and recharges the
battery after your car has started. Just like it sounds, the voltage
regulator controls the voltage, keeping it within the operating range of
the electrical system.
This system consumes more
electrical power than any other component in your car. The starting system
consists of three components which work in tandem: the ignition switch,
the starter relay or solenoid, and the starter motor. The ignition
switch controls the starter solenoid, which activates the starter motor.
The starter motor then turns the engine until your car starts.
Here's how it works:
Turning the ignition causes a small amount of current to pass through the starter relay, causing a stronger current to
flow through the battery cables and into the starter motor. The starter motor cranks the engine, forcing the piston to
create enough suction that draws a fuel and air mixture into the cylinder. The ignition system creates a spark that
ignites the mixture and your engine starts.
Contact us for battery replacement or
electrical system repairs.
4 CAR BATTERY MAINTENANCE TIPS:
GET MAXIMUM LIFE OUT OF YOUR CAR
BY BENJAMIN HUNTING |
How | DECEMBER 7, 2016
You’re in luck — car battery maintenance is one of the easier types of DIY work you’ll encounter with an automobile.
While some modern battery designs are called maintenance-free, this really only means they don’t have to be filled with
water like the maintenance accessible designs used in the past. You still have to keep up with the proper storage,
cleanliness and inspection cycle on a maintenance-free design as you would with any other battery, so it helps to know
what to watch out for.
Check out these four quick and easy car battery maintenance tips:
1. Keep Terminals Clean
Corrosion on battery terminals can be caused by many things, for example, exposure to salt in the air from the ocean or
spray from winter roads, gases that are naturally vented by certain types of batteries and hard use or repeated
jump-starting. If you see corrosion on your battery terminals, use a wire brush to clean it off completely, thus
preserving a strong connection between your cables and the battery.
2. Keep an Eye on Voltage
A battery that’s having trouble keeping a charge, or isn’t charging as strong as it used to, is a sign that it could be
on its way out. It could also be an indication that there’s a problem with your alternator that you need to deal with
before it damages your battery. Keep an eye on your car’s voltage needle and note any unusual behavior. If your vehicle
doesn’t come with this gauge, use a multi-meter every month or two to check the charging voltage right at the terminals.
3. Watch for Warning Signs
Batteries can become damaged in any number of ways. If you see any leaks, cracks or deformation of the battery case,
it’s time to replace it. Give the terminals a good cleaning. Look for damaged, loose or corroded terminals. A damaged
battery, in a worst case scenario, can build up or leak hydrogen gas (a by-product of the chemical reaction inside) that
if exposed to a spark when charging, jump-starting or even turning the key in your ignition, can explode and cause
injury. 4. Store Batteries Properly
Proper car battery maintenance also means storing a battery properly if it’s outside of the vehicle. The best
environment is room temperature in a well-ventilated room. You want to make sure that there’s no chance any gases
expelled by the battery can build up in an enclosed space. You may also want to leave the battery on a trickle charge —
using a “smart” charger. If it’s going to be stored for a long period in colder temperatures, its best to keep it fully
Follow these battery maintenance tips and you may be able to avoid seeing those jumper cables.
For more information on car battery maintenance, contact Sparks Tire & Auto of St. Charles, MO. at (636) 946-5900
To safely jump start, follow these steps:
1. Take out your jumper cables.
It's a good idea to buy a set of jumper cables and keep them in the
trunk compartment. If you don't have jumper cables, you'll have to
find a Good Samaritan who not only is willing to assist you but has
jumper cables as well.
2. Place both cars in Park or Neutral, with their ignitions
shut off and their emergency brakes on.
3. Connect the cables.
The positive cable has red clips (+) at either end, and the negative
cable has black clips (-). It's important to attach them in the
1. First, attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal
of your battery (it has "POS" or "+" on it.
2. Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the Good
3. Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the
Good Samaritan's battery.
4. Attach the last black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your
car that isn't near the carburetor (if your car has one) or battery.
Figure 1 shows how both the positive and negative cables should be
Figure 1: Make sure to connect jumper cables in the proper order.
5. Try to start your vehicle (Do not have the Good Samaritan's car
running. If your car has electrical issues it could damage their car
If it won't start, make sure that the cables are properly connected. Then try to
start your car again. If it still won't start, your battery may be
6. Disconnect the cables, thank the Good Samaritan, and resume your
Don't shut off your engine; drive around for a while to recharge
Improper Connection of Cables can damage either or both vehicles