HALF-SHAFT U-JOINT REPLACEMENT
C5/C6 SERPENTINE BELT & TENSIONER REPLACEMENT
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EXTENDING BATTERY LIFE
The battery has two purposes. The first is to provide power to start the engine, and in order to do this it must provide a lot of current for a short time – as much as 600 amps for 10 seconds. A battery in good condition can provide enough current to run the starter for a much longer period, but the starter won't be able to endure it. The second purpose of the battery is to filter out voltage spikes which the electrical system can experience. For example, when the starter is shut off, a negative 200-volt spike can occur, and large positive spikes can also occur. The battery does a great job as a filter, acting like a large capacitor to absorb these spikes. Once the battery has provided the required power to the starter and the engine is running, the alternator then takes over the job of supplying all the power needed to keep the engine running as well as supplying power for all the other devices and charging the battery back up. So, essentially, the battery is constantly being discharged and recharged as its lot in life. Most people, however, are unaware that a build-up of sulfate crystals on the battery plates is also taking place constantly as this charge/ discharge scenario goes on, and this is a naturally-occurring process. And also unbeknown to most is that this build- up of sulfate crystals is the main cause of premature or unpredictable battery failure.
These are what sulfate crystals on battery plates look like. These crystals form naturally as a byproduct of the chemical processes that produce electricity in the battery and can seriously interfere with the power the battery puts out.
These are what sulfate crystals on battery plates look like. These crystals form naturally as a byproduct of the chemical processes that produce electricity in the battery and can seriously interfere with the power the battery puts out.