Maintaining your car or truck battery
Why does an auto battery lose charge?
There are two ways a battery can lose its charge. A short-term loss of power is the result of factors such as leaving your lights on overnight or driving short distances while using accessories that draw excessive amounts of power. In these cases, your battery may be recharged or jumped by another source and eventually regain power with the help of the alternator. That said, a faulty alternator may also be the cause of your vehicle’s loss of power, as it is no longer charging your battery.
In the second case, your battery may not be able to hold a charge at all. Mileage and age are two key factors that will cause your battery to become unchargeable or a dead cell. Sitting for prolonged periods of time and extreme temperatures can also cause a permanent loss in your battery’s ability to hold a charge.
Does the battery need any maintenance?
Modern car batteries do not require maintenance. After a visual inspection, your trained service technician may recommend servicing battery terminals if they become corroded. This service generally includes cleaning the posts and terminals, as well as applying a protective spray or grease.
How do I know my battery may need replacing?
Like all parts, batteries run their course. Most will last up to five years, depending on conditions and how often you drive. One sign of an aging battery may be an audible slow crank when you attempt to start your engine. You may also notice a check engine/battery light or the strange odor of rotten eggs. These are all key indicators your battery may soon need replacing.
A free computerized battery test at your Ford dealership can be used to not only test the battery, but also your starting and charging system — including the alternator. A battery test printout will then show if it needs to be recharged, replaced or if further repairs to your system are required.
Why should I visit my local Ford dealer for battery replacement?
With over 47 million Ford vehicles in various makes and models on the road today, it has never been more important to ensure your technician is familiar with your car, truck or SUV’s maintenance needs. Other benefits of dealership installation include:
- Original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts
- Full-service maintenance and repair facility
- Parts and labor warranties
- Clean, comfortable waiting areas
- Shuttle service to and from your home
- Friendly and knowledgeable staff
The Ford Service Credit Card
Auto repair needs can come out of nowhere. Oftentimes, they come at the worst possible moments. The Ford Service Credit Card is a financing option that lets you pay for all service maintenance and repairs, including battery purchases and installation at Ford dealers across the U.S. It only takes a few minutes to apply and receive the decision. Subject to credit approval, you’ll be provided with a credit line to assist you with all in-store purchases, including:
- Ford Motorcraft® batteries
- Extended service plans
- Loaner vehicles
- Body shop repairs/deductions
- And more
Each Ford Motorcraft® battery features the latest technologies in design and engineering. They provide dependable power to today’s high-technology vehicles across a wide range of conditions.
Need a new battery? Download your Ford Motorcraft® battery or Ford service coupons here. Then, contact your local Ford dealership or log into your Ford Owner account to schedule an appointment today.