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Manager’s Minute – Batteries and Anti-freeze

New Years Resolution: Take better care of my vehicle!

As we enjoy the fresh start of a new year, it’s a great time to prioritize the care of your vehicle, especially during the winter months when it faces unique challenges. In this edition, we will be discussing two top priorities for AutoCare during winter: Car Batteries and Anti-Freeze.

Car Battery Life and Health

The combination of extreme summer heat and winter cold can take a toll on your car battery. After three years of use, it is essential to regularly check your battery’s health every six months and consider replacing it if necessary. A weakened or dying battery can leave you stranded in the cold, which is something we all want to avoid.

To help you with this, we have partnered with NAPA to offer an exclusive deal. When you have a NAPA Legend battery installed in your vehicle, you can get $20 back. And if you opt for the NAPA AAA® Car Battery, you’ll receive $25 back. This is our way of ensuring that your vehicle starts reliably and keeps you on the move even in the harshest of winter conditions.

Benefits of an Anti-Freeze Flush and Fill

Another crucial aspect of winter car care is protecting your vehicle from freezing up. Our anti-freeze flush service is designed to do just that. By performing a thorough fluid flush and fill, we ensure that your radiator remains clean and packed with the necessary protection to prevent freezing.

During winter, the coolant in your vehicle plays a vital role in regulating engine temperature and preventing damage from extreme cold. Over time, coolant can become contaminated or lose its effectiveness. Our anti-freeze flush service removes any old or degraded coolant and replaces it with fresh, high-quality anti-freeze. This service provides peace of mind knowing that your vehicle’s cooling system is ready to handle the winter weather.

Regular Maintenance for a Longer Vehicle Life

In addition to these winter priorities, we want to stress the importance of regular maintenance throughout the year. By staying on top of routine service and addressing any issues promptly, you can extend the life of your vehicle and minimize unexpected breakdowns. Our team at Dearholt AutoCare is committed to keeping you on the road safely and affordably.

Stay tuned for more tips and offers in our future Manager’s Minute editions. We are excited to continue serving you and helping you take better care of your vehicle. Drive safe!

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Should I Upgrade My Car Battery

Car Battery Upgrades

When that car battery finally gives up the ghost and it’s time to replace it, drivers have options. First, let’s be clear that you should always get a replacement battery that meets or exceeds your vehicle’s specifications. But you may have some special needs. When they first put the battery into your vehicle at the factory, they had no idea where it would end up over its life or how YOU would use it where you drive in New Mexico. That battery was chosen to meet the needs of a wide range of motorists. Replacement time is a good opportunity to talk to your service advisor at Dearholt AutoCare about how you use your vehicle so you can get just the right battery.

An obvious criterion is where you live, whether in or somewhere else. Cold starts require a lot of power from your battery. The colder the climate, the more power needed. This comes from a combination of cold sluggish oil and the slower chemical reaction within the battery itself when it is cold. If this sounds like you, talk to your service advisor Dearholt AutoCare about a battery with more Cold Cranking Amps (CCA).

The next consideration for drivers is reserve capacity. This is the number of minutes of reserve power the battery has under a particular load. If your driving is mostly short stop-and-go trips around Albuquerque, your battery may not have time to fully recharge while driving. You may need to tap into those reserves to get started again. Also, modern vehicles have a lot of always-on systems that draw on the battery – things like the security system, remote sensors, and vehicle computers. These combine with the electronic entertainment system, sensors, heated seats and even chargers for phones, tablets and computers to put a fairly high load on the battery. Your service advisor Dearholt AutoCare can give you advice on the reserve capacity you might need.

Most standard batteries are “wet-cell,” meaning they are filled with liquid battery acid. New Absorbed Gas Mat (AGM) batteries are “non-spillable” which makes them safer.  They also have a longer life span and greater cycle life than wet-cell batteries. Off-roaders like these batteries because their performance is not affected by steep inclines and odd angles. They are also well suited for RV and boat owners.

Lastly, consideration for drivers is warranty.  Premium batteries come with a longer warranty. Warranties are typically either full-replacement (the battery is replaced if it fails within the warranty period) or pro-rated (a partial credit is given for the failed battery depending on how far into the warranty period you are when it fails).

When the battery is replaced,  your friendly and knowledgeable Dearholt AutoCare technician may need to recalibrate some accessories such as power windows and sunroofs. Also, some vehicles may need to have the battery registered into the engine computer.

Your Dearholt AutoCare service advisor can help you know how to decide which battery is right for you and your vehicle.

Automotive Maintenance

Fall Maintenance Essentials

Fall is here and there are some important maintenance tasks that you need to do on your vehicle. As the seasons change, weather can effect the performance of your vehicle. Some of the basics you should pay attention to include:

  1. Battery Check. Summer heat is usually the cause of battery damage, but you may not realize it until it is too late. Get your battery checked as part of the season change.
  2. Windshield Wipers. The dry summer may have zapped the life out of your wiper blades, get them checked and replaced before a surprise autumn storm makes you realize how bad they are.
  3. Tire Pressure Check. You tire pressure goes down because cold air is more condensed. For every 10 degree drop in temperature, your tires go down by one pound of pressure. (1 PSI)

Get these items checked and more during your next maintenance visit to Dearholt AutoCare. Call us today to schedule your next service.