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Make Your Battery Last

Posted December 1, 2019 12:24 PM



Today's report from Superior Auto Care is on vehicle batteries, why they die and what we can do to lengthen their life. Most of us have had a dead battery at one time or another. In fact, it would be very unusual if you hadn't. You may be surprised to learn that only 30 percent of Fort Myers vehicle batteries last for 48 months.

Now that's an average. How long a battery lasts depends on many factors. You may not know that one of the biggest factors is the temperature where you live and drive around in FL. You might suppose that cold weather was harder on batteries because it takes more power to crank a cold engine, but the opposite is actually true.

For more information on your battery, please visit us:
Superior Auto Care
2430 Concorde Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-603-3860

Batteries in very cold climates have a life expectancy of 51 months as opposed to 30 months in very warm climates. The reason is simple: batteries are chemically more active when they're hot than when they're cold.

A vehicle battery will actually start to discharge on its own within 24 hours in hot weather. It takes several days in cold weather. When batteries are left too long in a state of partial discharge, the discharged portion of the battery plates — for the lack of a better word — 'die.' Recharging the battery will not restore the dead part of the battery plate.

One of the big problems for the way most of us drive in the Fort Myers area is that our batteries are often partially discharged. The biggest job the battery does is to start the vehicle. It takes some time for the alternator to recharge the battery after starting. If you're driving short distances, especially if there are several starts and stops, your battery may not fully recharge.

Another issue is that vehicles are coming equipped with more and more electricity-hungry accessories like navigation systems, DVD players, CD and MP3 players, heated seats, heated steering wheels and so on. And we often plug in cell phones, computers and other gadgets. Combine that with short trips and it's no wonder that our batteries are partially discharged.

Experts say we can extend our battery life by topping off the charge periodically using a good quality battery charger. You may have heard these chargers referred to as 'trickle chargers.' They're attached to the battery and plugged into a wall outlet to slowly bring the battery up to full charge.

Now, there's some science involved with how fast a battery should be recharged. If you buy a cheap manual charger, you'll have to tend it. Frankly there is a learning curve on how to do it right and it requires much attention. A computer controlled charger – or smart charger – monitors the process and determines the appropriate rate of charge. And it even stops charging when it's fully charged. It costs more than the manual charger, but the automatic model is worth it.

The suggestion is to charge once a month in warm weather and once every three months in cold weather.

Another thing to avoid is deeply discharging your battery, something like running the headlights and stereo with the engine turned off. That'll take months off the battery life every time you do it.

Now, as we discussed, heat is hard on a battery. A dirty, greasy battery holds more heat. You can wipe off excess dirt with a paper towel or ask your service advisor at Superior Auto Care to clean it for you. We can even test your battery and tell you if it's time to replace it.

Batteries are fairly expensive, so taking a few steps to make them last longer is well worth it. Of course, the battery will eventually need to be replaced. Always make sure you get a new battery that meets the factory specifications for your vehicle. If you feel you need more battery capacity than what came with your vehicle, talk with your service advisor at Superior Auto Care about appropriate upgrades.

If you have a dead battery, be careful to inspect it before you jump start it. If the case is bulging, cracked or leaking, do not jump start it. Damaged batteries can explode or catch fire. And deeply discharged batteries can freeze. Do not jump start a frozen battery.

Superior Auto Care
2430 Concorde Dr.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
239-603-3860
http://www.superiorautocare.net



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    , 11/02/2019

    In September 2019 I moved to Fort Myers from Nebraska and within a month I had an engine light on, and my “D” for drive light started flashing on my 2009 Honda CRV. I was wary of taking it to a dealer and found Superior Auto Care with honest reviews online. I made an appointment for October 26th and had the pleasure of meeting Miguel Gonzalez, the owner, who assured me the car was safe to drive, then cleared two of the three codes related to the diagnosis of the vehicle. Mr. Gonzalez reported that I needed a 2nd clutch transmission pressure valve replaced. Mr. Gonzalez and his wonderful staff installed this part on my next day off and added quarts of transmission fluid to the car ensuring the cars longevity I am sure. I have an appointment on the 23rd for new spark plugs as the car has 122000 miles on it. While I was in the office, I witnessed Miguel loan a customer his personal truck, this customers service would take some time and Miguel did not want his customer to be inconvenienced. Another customer came in to offer to pay for hoses that Miguel had ordered for the customer’s car. The hoses were the right order, yet Miguel felt that they were not of a suitable quality to install on a customer’s car; Miguel declined to take this customer’s money and said “inferior parts are sometimes the cost of doing business, I won’t pass this cost on to you”. Miguel and his staff did a professional, cost efficient, accurate repair on my car. He was kind and ethical with other customers in my presence. I am grateful that whatever the future brings I know exactly whom to trust my car to going forward. People like Miguel Gonzalez, and his professional staff, offer me the opportunity to write praise that is no more than truth, thank you all I appreciate you. If you, gentle reader, would like to contact me I am Tom Heelan at heelan.tom@gmail.com

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    , 05/09/2016

    Friendly staff and great prices. I would not trust my vehicle with anyone else in SW Florida. They do a great job!

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    Great place, quality service and does it right been there many times

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    They know how to fix, Didn't pay too much.

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    , 12/07/2016

    Great place. Rebuilt engine on car.

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    , 04/29/2017

    Friendly, knowledgeable staff, quick service, reasonable prices, honest, dependable owner who treats women with respect and dignity. I highly recommend this place.

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    Had service done 3 times on my lincoln MKZ. @ least 30/ 50 percent less then the retailers/ dealers. Much appreciated. Great work for less. Will be back.

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    , 05/14/2017

    As a woman who knows not much about cars, I am always apprehensive about going to a repair shop, until my friend recommended me Brian's Complete Automotive repair shop. I was immediately satisfied with the quote I was given. I was able to get my car in the same day as the initial phone call and was returned by end of day. Not only was the repair fixed properly it was done in a friendly and timing matter. Thank you so much for renewing my faith in mechanics! Love this place! What a painless experience! Thanks guys! Yes, I would gladly recommend this business to a family and friends. Donna K.

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    , 01/04/2018

    This is to inform anyone thinking of choosing this shop for your auto repair needs to LOOK NOWHERE ELSE!!! This is hands down the best option as far as quality of service and value for your hard earned dollars. Derek is professional, practical, to the point and the service he and his expert mechanic offer is second to none. I was informed of the needed repairs step by step and they never took it upon themselves to do more than origanlly discussed without first consulting me. This was very refreshing as I'm sure you all know the old " we quoted you 500.00 but now it's 1500.00 if you want your car back"...sorry:/ Not at Brians Complete Automotive. Seriously, no matter what your vehicles needs are take it to Derek and rest assured you are in the best hands. Thanks for everything!

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    , 01/30/2018

    I looked everywhere for an honest mechanic with affordable prices and he was recommended to me by my friends. I was very happy with the service he did on my Volvo convertible and my moms Toyota. He was quick too and since I work not too far he drove me to work and when the car was ready he picked me up. 5 star service for sure! :)

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    , 02/20/2018

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    , 09/24/2018

    I have a 2006 Ford Explorer with a 4.0L SOHC engine. The engine developed a problem common with this engine at 150,000 miles where the timing chain guides became worn and made a lot of noise. The engine was not burning oil and I just wanted the guides and chains replaced. I searched for a year (not driving my car) for a mechanic that was experienced in performing this repair. Some mechanics I went to would not perform the repair and instead wanted to replace the engine. Other's quoted a price that was equal to installing a new engine. After speaking with Albert at this shop, I was confident that they could do the job and the did the quality work for half the price of others. I could not be happier with the result of the repair and the service I was given.

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    , 10/09/2018

    Miguel is absolutely incredible. I brought the car unannounced on Saturday and he happy began to inspect the car. He took the time to fully explain what was wrong with the car and offered same day work. I will be going to them for all repairs. Strongly recommend!!

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    , 10/19/2018

    After asking around for the best, most reliable place, I was so happy that I chose Brian's Complete Automotive. They work on ANY type of vehicle, were less expensive than other shops and were very speedy in getting my SUV back to me. Honest, trustworthy mechanics are hard to come by these days. Highly recommended.

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    , 11/14/2018

    Awesome guys that go the extra mile to take care of their customers! Dealerships will take advantage of you but these guys won't. I highly recommend them. There's no other place I take my vehicles in Lee County.

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    , 11/17/2018

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    , 11/22/2018

    This type of shop is hard to find. Their honest and worked after hours to make sure my work truck was up and running correctly. Quality work is important to me. Thank you

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    , 12/09/2018

    Brains automotive did a great job at fair price repairing my vw 2012 Tiguan in a timely manner. Thank you so happy to have found you. You helped to make our Christmas Happy Dan & Donna

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    , 12/19/2018

    BEST And ONLY PLACE TO TAKE YOUR VEHICLE!!! Trustworthy and thourough mechanics! Honest and Reliable!!! Trust me, You WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! Miguel's The Best!

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    , 01/01/2019

    Worked with Albert, was an awesome experience. They really take care of their customers!!! Was able to drop my car off and get it back next day!! I will be taking my car here for all repairs from now on.

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    , 02/21/2019

    Called Miguel on a rear brake issue on my 2015 Ford Edge. Expecting I would have to make a appointment, he said to bring it over and he'd take a look at it. Long story short within 3 hrs I had new rear brakes and rotors and back on the road. Without a doubt, the best service at reasonable prices. I highly recommend this shop. Thanks again Miguel for your help.

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    , 03/22/2019

    Miguel is amazing and one of the best mechanics we have ever worked with. He kept us updated throughout the process with texts and pictures. He finished the work very quickly. He went above and beyond to fix things like brake lights and window issues without charge. He was pleasant and easy to work with. We have a long history of used cars/mechanics and Superior exceeded expectations. Thanks Miguel, the world needs more mechanics like you.

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    , 04/06/2019

    It pains me to remove a star. These guys are incredible. Miguel was so attentive; he gave me his personal number, and kept in touch with me throughout the process. Keep in mind that he works about 130 hours per week during season as you continue reading my review. I brought my truck in about 4 weeks ago. I told Albert, the shop manager, that I had about two weeks to get it done, so no rush. I became slightly concerned, however, when they hadn?t done anything with the truck after a full seven days. After about two weeks, they finally got started. However, I had to cancel RV park reservations and stay in a place that we didn?t want to be for longer than we intended. I dealt with a lot of stress arranging a backup car for the extended repair period. In the end, Miguel delivered the goods, and he threw in some parts and labor for free to compensate for the time I had to wait. I highly recommend the dedication and customer service of this shop, but if you need repairs done quickly during season, you might have to settle for a shop that?s less deservingly popular than Superior Auto Care.

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    , 05/28/2019

    Miguel was very friendly, extremely helpful with all my questions and honest with their service!!!

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    , 08/03/2019

    Unmatched customer service, timelineness, pricing, quality of repair, and honesty. Miguel and his staff work around the clock to diagnose and repair their customers cars. I?ve trusted Miguel with everything from a new transmission to tires to oil changes; you name it, they do it. He?s even worked in my out of town sisters vehicle on the weekend short notice. 100% trustworthy and not a pushy salesman mechanic. I won?t take my vehicles to anyone else.

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    , 08/08/2019

    Support your local businesses! Albert and his team were very efficient and provided excellent service to my Honda. Can?t beat their prices! Couldn?t have asked for a more pleasant experience.

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    I looked everywhere for an honest mechanic with affordable prices and he was recommended to me by my friends. I was very happy with the service he did on my Volvo convertible and my moms Toyota. He was quick too and since I work not too far he drove me to work and when the car was ready he picked me up. 5 star service for sure! :)

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    Brains automotive did a great job at fair price repairing my vw 2012 Tiguan in a timely manner. Thank you so happy to have found you. You helped to make our Christmas Happy

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    BEST And ONLY PLACE TO TAKE YOUR VEHICLE!!! Trustworthy and thourough mechanics! Honest and Reliable!!! Trust me, You WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!!! Miguel's The Best!

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    Miguel is absolutely incredible. I brought the car unannounced on Saturday and he happy began to inspect the car. He took the time to fully explain what was wrong with the car and offered same day work. I will be going to them for all repairs. Strongly recommend!!

  • reviewicon

    This type of shop is hard to find. Their honest and worked after hours to make sure my work truck was up and running correctly. Quality work is important to me. Thank you

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    Awesome guys that go the extra mile to take care of their customers! Dealerships will take advantage of you but these guys won't. I highly recommend them. There's no other place I take my vehicles in Lee County.

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    After asking around for the best, most reliable place, I was so happy that I chose Brian's Complete Automotive. They work on ANY type of vehicle, were less expensive than other shops and were very speedy in getting my SUV back to me. Honest, trustworthy mechanics are hard to come by these days. Highly recommended.

  • reviewicon

    Worked with Albert, was an awesome experience. They really take care of their customers!!! Was able to drop my car off and get it back next day!! I will be taking my car here for all repairs from now on.

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    Called Miguel on a rear brake issue on my 2015 Ford Edge. Expecting I would have to make a appointment, he said to bring it over and he'd take a look at it. Long story short within 3 hrs I had new rear brakes and rotors and back on the road. Without a doubt, the best service at reasonable prices. I highly recommend this shop. Thanks again Miguel for your help.

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    Miguel is amazing and one of the best mechanics we have ever worked with. He kept us updated throughout the process with texts and pictures. He finished the work very quickly. He went above and beyond to fix things like brake lights and window issues without charge. He was pleasant and easy to work with. We have a long history of used cars/mechanics and Superior exceeded expectations. Thanks Miguel, the world needs more mechanics like you.

  • reviewicon
    , 11/02/2019

    In September 2019 I moved to Fort Myers from Nebraska and within a month I had an engine light on, and my “D” for drive light started flashing on my 2009 Honda CRV. I was wary of taking it to a dealer and found Superior Auto Care with honest reviews online. I made an appointment for October 26th and had the pleasure of meeting Miguel Gonzalez, the owner, who assured me the car was safe to drive, then cleared two of the three codes related to the diagnosis of the vehicle. Mr. Gonzalez reported that I needed a 2nd clutch transmission pressure valve replaced. Mr. Gonzalez and his wonderful staff installed this part on my next day off and added quarts of transmission fluid to the car ensuring the cars longevity I am sure. I have an appointment on the 23rd for new spark plugs as the car has 122000 miles on it. While I was in the office, I witnessed Miguel loan a customer his personal truck, this customers service would take some time and Miguel did not want his customer to be inconvenienced. Another customer came in to offer to pay for hoses that Miguel had ordered for the customer’s car. The hoses were the right order, yet Miguel felt that they were not of a suitable quality to install on a customer’s car; Miguel declined to take this customer’s money and said “inferior parts are sometimes the cost of doing business, I won’t pass this cost on to you”. Miguel and his staff did a professional, cost efficient, accurate repair on my car. He was kind and ethical with other customers in my presence. I am grateful that whatever the future brings I know exactly whom to trust my car to going forward. People like Miguel Gonzalez, and his professional staff, offer me the opportunity to write praise that is no more than truth, thank you all I appreciate you. If you, gentle reader, would like to contact me I am Tom Heelan at heelan.tom@gmail.com

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