Why would I need a new car battery?
Car and truck batteries are designed to store voltage that is used to start your vehicle and provide power to accessories. The battery is charged and discharged many times throughout its life. The number of charge/discharge cycles is finite. As the battery is used and it ages its ability to store a charge is diminished. Eventually the battery will no longer be able to reliably do its job.
How do I know I need a Car Battery Replacement?
Battery failures tend to show up suddenly. The symptoms are:
- Needing repeated jump starts
- No cranking
- Slow cranking of the engine.
- Battery going dead after a short period of time (not from a parasitic load)
You want to make sure you battery is in good condition. A battery requiring constant recharging by the Alternator can shorten the Alternators life.
How does my car battery work?
Car batteries are made up of a plastic case. Inside this case are plates of lead. These plates are arranged to form a (positively charged) anode and a (negatively charged) cathode. The cathode plates are made of a porous lead and the anode are made of a lead oxide. The anode and cathode are submerged in an electrolyte solution of sulfuric acid. These plates are separated by a membrane that allows chemical movement, while being electrically resistive. This helps prevent internal shorting in the battery.
The chemical reaction that allows a car battery to store voltage is reversible. This is what allows your cars battery to be recharged. The voltage is created by a chemical reaction that changes sulfuric acid and lead into lead sulfate crystals and and water.
The number of plates (or cells) in the battery are designed to provide 12.6 volts when the battery is fully charged. The plates within the battery are connected to the terminals on the outside of the battery. This allows you to connect the battery to your vehicles electrical and charging system.
How much will it cost?
The typical cost for the testing and car battery replacement is between $180-$520 for parts and labor. This price range is averaged across all passenger vehicles. The actual cost depends on your specific make, model and year. Depending on your specific vehicle, this cost may be lower or higher. This cost estimate is for the specific repair listed and doesn’t include additional, related items that may require repair.
What is included:
- Battery voltage test
- Battery load test
- Battery cable inspection
- Battery terminal cleaning
- Alternator test – to ensure your battery is the only issue
- installation of a replacement battery (if needed)
- Batteries warrantied as long as 48 months
How it works
Request a service:
Get a quote online or set-up a time to have your vehicle looked at.
Choose your service time:
Pick time slots that work for you, easily, online. We will confirm appointments and send reminders.
Get your vehicle repaired:
No waiting at the shop. Our mechanics bring everything that is needed to you. All you have to do is provided a safe area for the work to be performed.
What what need from you
A safe place to work on your vehicle:
No working on the side of busy roads, No working on unstable or steep surfaces. We do not perform repairs during severe weather.
Authorization from a property owner or management.
If you rent please ensure work can be performed where your vehicle is. If your repair work is being done in a parking lot or at your place of employment, please ensure you have permission to have work performed. We do not do repairs in areas restricted by law.
Are you in our service area?
Our services are available, on site throughout Michigan. Odds are you live near one of the cities we provide service in. These are some of the common places we perform repair services.
- Battle Creek
- Byron Center
- Comstock Northwest
- Comstock Township
- Comstock Park
- East Grand Rapids
- Forest Hills
- Georgetown Township
- Grand Haven
- Grand Rapids