Battery Upgrade Services in Ukiah

Battery Upgrades at West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah, CA

West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair Automotive Tips: Battery Upgrade

When that car battery finally gives up the ghost and it’s time to replace it – wise Ukiah car owners have options. First, let’s be clear that you should always get a replacement battery that meets or exceeds your car maker’s specifications. But, you may have some important special needs. When they first put the battery into your vehicle at the factory, the vehicle manufacturer had no idea where it would end up over its life or how YOU would use it where you drive in CA. That battery was chosen to meet the needs of a wide range of motorists. Replacement time is a good opportunity to talk to your tech about how you use your vehicle so you can get just the right battery.

An obvious criterion is where you live - whether in Ukiah or somewhere else. Cold starts require a lot of power from your battery. The colder the climate, the more power needed. This comes from a combination of cold sluggish oil and the slower chemical reaction within the battery itself when it is cold. If this sounds like you, communicate with your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service professional about a battery with more Cold Cranking Amps.

The next consideration for Ukiah auto owners is reserve capacity. This is the number of minutes of reserve power the battery has under a particular load. If your driving is mostly short stop-and-go trips around Ukiah, your battery may not have time to fully recharge while driving. You may need to tap into those reserves to get started again. Also, modern vehicles have a lot of always-on systems that draw on the battery – things like the security system, remote sensors, and vehicle computers. These combine with the electronic entertainment system, sensors, heated seats, and even chargers for phones, tablets, and computers to put a fairly high load on the battery. Your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair technician can give you his thoughts on the reserve capacity you might need.

Most standard batteries are “wet-cell” meaning they are filled with liquid battery acid. New Absorbed Gas Mat (AGM) batteries are “non-spillable” which makes them safer for Ukiah motorists. They also have a longer life span and greater cycle life than wet-cell batteries. Ukiah off-roader’s like these batteries because their performance is not affected by steep inclines and odd angles. They are also well suited for Ukiah RV and boat owners.

Lastly, a key consideration for Ukiah motorists is warranty. Premium batteries typically come with a longer warranty. Warranties are typically either full-replacement (the battery is replaced if it fails within the warranty period) or pro-rated (a partial credit is given for the failed battery depending on how far into the warranty period you are when it fails).

When the battery is replaced, your helpful West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service professional may typically need to recalibrate some accessories such as power windows and sunroofs. Also, some vehicles may need to have the battery registered into the engine computer.

Your West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair service specialist can help you know how to decide which battery is right for you and your vehicle.

At West Coast Muffler & Auto Repair in Ukiah CA (95482) we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at (707) 462-6920. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit

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