A car that won't start usually points to one thing, a dead
battery. A battery can have a few things wrong with it that won't allow
it to keep a charge including: a dead battery, a bad electrical connection,
or low water in the battery cells.
How to get the most cycles out of your Cenntennial
Deep Cycle Battery!
A Centennial Deep Cycle Battery, when properly maintained
and charged, should deliver more than 200 deep discharges.
Deep Cycle batteries contain sulfuric acid that can
cause severe burns. Avoid contact with skin, eyes and clothing.
Batteries also produce explosive gases that can cause
blindness or other serious injury if ignited. Keep all sparks, flames, and
smoking materials away from batteries. Always shield eyes when near batteries.
When charging, or using in an enclosed space, ventilate.
FREE Alternator Check - Print Coupon above!
If your alternator is not charging properly, your battery
will slowly drain down from operating all the electrical systems in your car
and stop the car from running.
BATTERIES CAN BE DANGEROUS! DO NOT attempt to jump start or recharge
a frozen battery. If an engine dies shortly after it has been jump
started, or as soon as the jumper cables are disconnected, it probably means
the charging system is not working (bad alternator, voltage regulator, wiring
problem or loose/dirty battery cables).
NEVER disconnect a battery when
the ignition is ON, or while the engine is idling or running.
Doing so can damage electrical and electronic components.Disconnecting
the battery on some late model vehicles may cause drivability or other
When the battery is disconnected, power to the PCM and other onboard
modules is lost. This can cause a loss of Keep Alive Memory settings. In effect,
this "resets" the PCM back to its base settings, so the engine may
not run properly until the PCM adaptive memory can relearn these settings.
same goes for the transmission. It may not shift properly or feel the same until
the PCM or TCM has had time to relearn the shift adjustments. This may take 10
to 50 miles of driving.
This BEFORE you disconnect or replace a battery on a late model vehicle.
ALWAYS USE CAUTION, don't try to figure
out what else it could be, CALL - Skyway Auto Tune in
Paradise we are professionally trained to handle these types of battery issues.
Hybrid Vehicle Safety Hazards
Hybrid vehicles are becoming more common
sight on roads today thanks to the popularity of their gas-saving powertrains.
In hybrids like the Toyota Prius and Ford Escape,
the car starts out in a full electric mode to save gas, then starts the engine
and switches to gasoline mode when the vehicle reaches a certain speed. The electric
motor c an also work in tandem with the gasoline engine
to provide a boost in power when passing. Other hybrids,
such as the Saturn View and Honda Civic, do not
have a full electric mode. Instead, they use their hybrid battery and electric motor
primarily for the engine start/stop system that saves gas when the vehicle is
stopped in traffic, or to boost engine power when accelerating or passing.Though
hybrids get better fuel economy than conventional
vehicles, they also present some unique hazards when they are involved in an
accident or when they have to be serviced or repaired. The high voltage hybrid
battery and hybrid powertrain components create a potential shock hazard. We
haven't heard of anyone actually being electrocuted while working on a hybrid,
or while being extracted from a wrecked hybrid, but the danger is real. Consequently,
certain precautions must be used when working on a hybrid car or truck.
MAKE SURE A HYBRID IS REALLY OFF BEFORE YOU WORK ON IT!
Battery Disconnect or Replacement Problems
Disconnecting or replacing
a battery on a computer-equipped vehicle may cause starting, drivability
and a number of other problems, including loss of air conditioning, power
accessory functions (door windows, seats, sunroof), false warning lights,
even damage to certain electronic modules! So if you are replacing or disconnecting
a battery for any reason, proceed with caution.
Warning: Disconnecting the battery to reset
the PCM on a growing number of late model (2003 and newer) vehicles can
do more than erase the Keep Alive memory. It can also erase vital learned
information that is absolutely necessary for other modules to function
Skyway Auto Tune is ASE Certified,
State Licensed and Insured. Our shop only uses the latest in computerized
emission test diagnostics and auto repair service equipment. We only use
the highest quality parts, and we will fix only what's needed we DO NOT oversell.
Always make sure your car battery has a good electrical
connection Battery cables and terminals should also be cleaned and inspected
to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.