Most often when a battery starts to get weak the engine cranking speed will be slower or when your turn the key there will be a pause or hesitation before it starts to crank over.
Is there a way to tell how old my Battery is?
There is a date code stamped into the side of the battery by most manufactures. Also with Toyota owners they can check there service history on www.toyotaowners.com.
How often do batteries need to be replaced?
Battery life often depends on how well the battery is maintained. Most batteries on a Toyota are serviceable. Meaning the battery fluid level can be filled when needed. Low battery fluid levels will have a high concentration of acid. This will destroy the lead in the battery plates and cause premature battery failures. High temperatures cause the battery fluid to evaporate faster.
What can excessive heat do to my car's battery?
We will test a battery with every service. Our testers have a test to predict the health of the battery. A battery can fail without any signs of getting weak sometimes and this is usually caused by one of the cells in the battery to go into an open circuit. Like a light bulb that burns out when you turn it on. ( they just pop )
Any tips to get the most out of my battery? (Preventative Maintenance Tips)
The best way to get the most out of a battery is to keep them clean. Install anti-corrosive pads on the terminals and keep the fluid level at the correct level. Do not over fill them. If the vehicle is going to sit for long periods of time disconnect the negative terminal. New vehicles today have several computers that need to keep their memory. To do this they need power and it is like leaving a light on. Over time the battery will be discharged from the computers power needs in the ignition off mode.
Are there any preventative Maintenance tips?
Clean the top of the battery with baking soda and water.
How do I test the battery?
Make sure your ignition is off. Use a wrench to remove the battery's positive(+) terminal cover. Attach the voltmeter's positive clamp to the positive terminal on the battery(The positive clamp is usually red on a voltmeter). Attach the negative clamp to the negative terminal on the battery. Have your car sit overnight and check the voltmeter in the morning. Anything reading lower than 12.4 volts means that you need to have your battery charged.
Do you have a Warranty on Batteries?
Toyota True start batteries have a 2 year free replacement with towing coverage to the nearest Toyota dealer. They have an 84 month proration.
How much do your Batteries Cost
Batteries are like tires. You get what you pay for. A good quality battery installed runs from $110 to $150.
How much do your Batteries Cost
Cold cranking amps and reserve capacity or the specifications the engineers design for a vehicle. Not all batteries are the same. There is different size batteries (physical) and different stuff on the inside to produce the power that the car needs.
RESERVE CAPACITY: What does the Reserve Capacity rating mean and how does it apply to deep cycle batteries?
Reserve capacity is the number of minutes a battery can maintain a useful voltage under a 25 ampere discharge. The higher the minute rating, the greater the battery's ability to run lights, pumps, inverters, and electronics for a longer period before recharging is necessary. The 25 Amp. Reserve Capacity Rating is more realistic than Amp-Hour or CCA as a measurement of capacity for deep cycle service. Batteries promoted on their high Cold Cranking Ratings are easy and inexpensive to build. The market is flooded with them, however their Reserve Capacity, Cycle Life (the number of discharges and charges the battery can deliver) and Service life are poor. Reserve Capacity is difficult and costly to engineer into a battery and requires higher quality cell materials.