Towing Companies in Bakersfield
Battery Service Bakersfield CA
Julie Sussman, et al (Dare To Repair Your Car) is spot on on their advice before calling us to help you with battery-related issues. Read excerpt below. Although when you are stuck or would rather have a professional take care of you, we are your number one tow truck Bakersfield company who can come to the rescue 24 hours a day.
Before Calling for Help
You're stressing out because your car won't start, and, of course, the first thing you do is assume that the battery is dead. A good way to test your assumption is by turning on the ignition and looking to see if the warning lights are lit on the dashboard. If not, then the battery is the likely source of the problem. However; if you do see the warning lights, it could be that the battery has enough power to turn on the warning lights, but not to turn over the engine. But wait, it still may not be the battery.
There are a few things you can do to possibly prevent from having to get your car jump-started or towed. First, check that the car is in the proper gear (park for automatic and neutral for manual); next, rule out lack of gasoline; make sure that the battery terminal cables are properly secured to the terminals; and remove any oxidation that may be corroding the battery terminals.
Securing the Battery Terminal Cables
A tow truck driver told us that the biggest mistake a motorist can make is not checking that the battery cables (not jumper cables) are securely attached to the battery terminals. Battery cables (there are two, one for each terminal) have to be tightly connected to the battery terminals, otherwise the battery will not receive enough power to operate.
Note: Use caution not to overtighten the battery cables, which could damage the battery or cause it to explode.
Wearing safety goggles, pop open the hood of the car and find the battery and battery cables. If the cables are loosely connected to the battery terminals, use the wrench to tighten (remember; do not ovri tighten).
Cleaning the Battery Terminals
We've all heard that battery acid leaks out of the battery and collie l around the terminals, causing them to corrode. Well, we're here to put a stop to that urban myth. Every battery contains acid inside its casing. The acid creates vapors that can escape and collect around the terminals, causing the terminals to corrode. The substance, which is a white powder, should be removed immediately (see "Cleaning a Kittery?' pages 157-59). Once the terminals have been cleaned, tighten the battery terminal cables and get back into the car and try to start the engine.
If the engine still won't start, then you'll need to have the battery jump-started or have the car towed."