Q: What is the powder on my battery terminals?
A: Corrosion, which is caused by a chemical reaction between the battery, clamps, and air under the hood, will result in a white/blue/green substance on your battery terminals. Generally, corrosion will appear on the negative terminal because the battery is undercharged.
Q: How many volts does a car battery need to start?
A: A fully charged battery should measure around 12.6 volts or above. Your car may start with a battery clocking in at a lower voltage, but we recommend checking on it at least once per year to avoid a dead battery blindsiding your plans.
Q: How do I keep my car battery from dying in cold weather?
A: As motor oil thickens in cold weather, your battery faces a tougher challenge cranking the engine. One way to prevent freezing components is to park your car in a garage. You should also look to clean your battery of dirt and debris, which can increase electrical resistance. We also recommend having your battery inspected before the winter months to avoid getting left in the cold.
Q: Can a car battery be recharged?
A: Yes. Oftentimes, your battery needs a charge to get going instead of an outright replacement. Buying a dedicated jump starter or battery charger will ensure you can handle battery trouble without having to visit the service center.
Visit Morrie’s Inver Grove Mazda For A Battery Replacement
Have battery trouble? The certified technicians at our service center in Inver Grove Heights are here to lend a hand. We will not only diagnose your car battery problems, but we can also make sure your vehicle is outfitted with the right battery specified by your manufacturer.