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Names can be misleading! A peanut is not technically a nut, nor is a starfish really a fish … and despite its name, a maintenance-free vehicle battery can indeed benefit from regular inspection and maintenance.
Today’s maintenance-free batteries are typically designed without removable filler caps. This means you can’t top them off with additional water. But, it doesn't mean that you can ignore regular battery maintenance.
Do you know when to check your car battery? Typically, it's recommended that the battery be inspected at least twice per year (every 6 months or 6,000 miles). You'll find the schedule for your specific vehicle outlined in your owner's manual. If you can't locate your owner's manual, don't worry: Jiffy Lube® technicians can access your car's maintenance schedule and the recommended procedures.
Battery testing and maintenance are so important to your vehicle's starting/charging system that it is routinely performed with every Jiffy Lube Signature Service Oil Change®. Car battery testing can also be performed as a standalone service. So, if you notice your vehicle is slow to start or that your lights are dim, please don't hesitate to bring your vehicle to a service center so the technicians can test the battery. By following your vehicle's maintenance schedule and responding if you notice a problem, you may be able to spare yourself the sinking feeling that comes from looking down and seeing that the "Battery" or "Charging System" light is lit on your dashboard or — much worse! — finding yourself stranded with a vehicle that just won't start.
A 12-volt vehicle battery is sometimes referred to as an SLI battery because it's responsible for starting, lighting, and ignition systems. You depend on it every time you get behind the wheel. Every time! Without the electricity stored in your battery, you couldn't:
Your vehicle's starting and charging system is designed to work in a continuous cycle to first start your engine and then keep the battery charged.
Then the cycle repeats, powering your engine as the electrical energy is again converted to mechanical energy, and the alternator recharges the battery to supply additional current as needed.
When you bring in your vehicle to Jiffy Lube, a trained technician will:
Don't worry! You don't have to study for it, and there are no wrong answers. Jiffy Lube technicians know that driving habits have an impact on a car's starting and charging system. That's why the vehicle inspection includes questions like:
After both the inspection and the conversation, you can expect the trained Jiffy Lube technician to explain any issues that may prevent your starting/charging system from working efficiently. Then you can confidently make an educated decision about the next step for your vehicle.
In between regularly scheduled inspections, your battery will just naturally experience wear and tear. So, pay attention to your vehicle and remain alert for:
These signs can help let you know when to check your car battery. Don’t hesitate. Your timely response just might prevent you and your loved ones from being stuck on the side of the road with a dead car battery.
When the question “when to check your car battery” becomes “when to replace your car battery”, consider bringing your vehicle to Jiffy Lube. A trained technician can:
Don’t just think of Jiffy Lube when you need an oil change or car battery testing and replacement. Jiffy Lube can also help you with timely, consistent vehicle maintenance, the kind that will help keep your vehicle operating as engineered. When you visit a Jiffy Lube, you can count on services performed by trained technicians. It’s all part of the Jiffy Lube commitment to helping you keep your car, minivan, truck or SUV on the road and in top shape.
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Please note: Not all Jiffy Lube service centers offer Battery Maintenance and Replacement Services. Please call ahead or check the jiffylube.com website to ensure the service is available.