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Imagine you’re driving along and find yourself beside a tow truck that’s hauling a disabled vehicle. You wish and hope that will never, ever be your car. But you can do more than cross your fingers. Since battery trouble often appears near the top if you search, “Reasons Car Won’t Start,” practicing preventive maintenance can help you avoid needing a jump start or a tow.
The battery is the heart of your vehicle’s starting system. Here’s an overview of how three major components — battery, starter motor and alternator — work together in a continuous cycle to start the engine and keep it running.
In a timely, consistent manner, it’s recommended you check your battery. Make sure the engine is turned off and has had time to cool (careful - it’s possible to burn yourself when it’s too hot under the hood). Be sure the battery is secure and, while wearing rubber gloves, use a clean cloth to carefully clean the terminals, wiping away dirt and debris. If there’s corrosion you can’t easily remove, bring your car to Jiffy Lube®. A trained technician will check your battery and professionally ensure it has clean terminals.
The starting system is complex, so unfortunately there are several battery-related reasons why a car won’t start, including:
Remember these five indicators. Consider them as early warning signs of reasons your car won’t start. If you encounter one of these, refer to your vehicle owner’s manual immediately. If you can’t find your manual, or if you want the peace of mind that comes from having a trained professional examine your battery and starter system, bring your car to Jiffy Lube® if you experience:
Whether you’re bringing your car in for your regularly-scheduled Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change, or you’d like a trained technician to give your vehicle a once-over before a big trip, you can request a complete preventive battery maintenance check. Here’s what you can expect:
You can also expect some conversation. The results of the maintenance check will be explained to you. Your questions are encouraged and will be answered before any work is done. The technician may have questions for you, too, to determine how your driving style impacts the performance of your vehicle’s starting and charging system.
If the technician determines that your battery no longer performs to manufacturer specifications, you can look to Jiffy Lube® for battery replacement. This service includes expert installation of your new battery and the proper disposal of your old one (remember, you shouldn’t just throw your car battery in garbage or the recycling bin, since it contains lead and acid).
Understanding the early warning signs of battery and starter system problems and turning to Jiffy Lube® when you have concerns and questions, can help you avoid being stranded when your car won’t start.
Please note: Not all services are offered at each Jiffy Lube® location. Please check with your local Jiffy Lube® service center or visit jiffylube.com for specific services offered.