Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - November 2010


boostercables.pngSince this month’s topic is batteries I thought I would share an experience I had and how I learned from it. I was driving a vehicle for a month while I was in between vehicles. I had to travel and parked it in the airport parking. When I arrived back late at night, I thought it was weird that the remote wasn’t unlocking my vehicle. I soon realized that I had left my headlights on as I was rushing, and the battery was completely dead. Fortunately I had road side assistance and called them to rescue me. It took three different tries to start my vehicle. First was using the battery pack, second was using a battery w/ cables and the one that did it, was to hook the two vehicles up to one another. The lesson I learned was to always back my vehicle into a parking spot so that if I ever have to boost my battery it will be accessible with cables and another vehicle.



This Months Topic: Batteries

We rely on our battery to start our car every time we get into it. On average batteries are good for just over three years. This is something that should be checked in the fall because if your battery is weak the winter time is when you will find out. What a shop does is use a tester (see photo) to check the strength or the Cold Cranking amps of the battery. They are basically testing its juice. For the majority of the year if your battery is weak we won’t notice but when it’s really cold and we require the full cold cranking amps of the battery that’s when we’ll find out that we should’ve had it changed.

Now let’s say you have to have your battery boosted the “old fashioned way”. Here are the steps to boosting your battery and what order.

First: make sure everything is turned off in your vehicle.

  1. Connect the positive cable (red)(+) to the positive post(+) of the dead battery.
  2. Connect the other end of the positive to the good battery.
  3. Connect the negative cable (black)(-) to the negative post (-) of the good battery.
  4. Connect the other end of the negative cable to a metal part of the dead cars engine. Do not attach the negative cable to the negative post as it could short out your vehicle computer and this will be costly.
  5. Get in your vehicle and start it up. Once it is started, disconnect the cables in the reverse order. You may want to wait a few minutes before you do this.


Take care of your car and it will take care of you!



Your battery sustains most of its’ damage in the summer. It’s in the winter when it’s -30 degrees Celsius it lets us down.


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