Posts Tagged ‘Batteries’

What do brownies, bowling and batteries have in common?

Advance Auto PartsThey’re my power sources. The sweet stuff: after the first bite, I’m ready to move mountains. The sport stuff: always an adrenaline rush since my league days with The Gutter Gals. The start-the-car-NOW stuff: my family has thousands of destinations — starting the ignition, hearing an empty-sounding click, then dead silence is something we don’t need. Dead car battery. Get the jumper cables. Time for reviving a dead car battery and jump starting a car.

Never worked with jumper cables before for jump starting a car? (No worries ladies, we’ve all been there once.) A dead car battery doesn’t discriminate. It’ll happen some day, so take heed and learn how to jump start a car battery right:

Turn off both carsConnect one of the red (positive) jumper cables to the positive terminal on the stalled car’s batteryConnect the second red jumper cable to the positive terminal of the battery on the car giving the boostConnect one of the black (negative) jumper cables to the negative terminal of the boosting car’s batteryConnect the other black jumper cable to the stalled car’s engine blockStart the boosting car, let it run for a few minutesStart the stalled carOnce the stalled car starts, keep both cars runningIn reverse order, take off the jumper cablesKeep the jumped car running for half an hour (it’ll give the battery time to recharge itself)

That is the art of jump starting a car and reviving a dead car battery. To further avoid the dead car battery dilemma, especially with winter around the corner, be proactive now. During bone-cold weather, a battery’s ability to generate power naturally slows down. To make the problem worse, engines will need even more battery current to get started. Plus, the many demands of the defrosters, wipers and heater also increase the need for power. So check your battery’s longevity level for winter! Test it with a voltmeter. Measure electrolyte levels. Remove corrosion from battery posts and terminals.

Lastly, keep those jumper cables in the trunk. After all, you now know how to jump start a car battery and an opportunity to be a Good Samaritan may arise at the parking lot, on the coldest night this winter. Then, after reviving a dead car battery, reward yourself. I say go for a fudge-nut brownie. Or two.

Editor’s note: Is you power absolute??Advance Auto Parts offers loads of car batteries, services and solutions to serve just about every cold-cranking need. Buy online, have it installed free in store—most vehicles, most locations. (Sorry, we’re out of fudge-nut brownies at the moment.)

Merced business keeps auto repair in the family

If you own a vehicle that has broken down in Merced, there’s a pretty good chance the part used to fix it came from the 15th Street warehouse of 50-year-old TBA Auto Parts — Tires, Batteries and Accessories.

Merced business keeps auto repair in the familyThe business, opened in 1958, began as a one-man operation when it was opened by Bob William. But within a year, his son-in-law, Ed Keegan, joined William delivering parts from the back of a truck.

Back then, says Keegan, 69, they had no cash register or computers, and could find pretty much any part a customer needed without the aid of a book or computer. Read the rest of this entry »