A vehicle’s battery serves as the backbone of its electrical system by supplying power to both the starter and ignition systems. It accomplishes this by converting chemical energy into electrical energy. Most modern vehicles use a lead-acid battery encased in plastic. Contained within these batteries is an arrangement of positive and negative plates as well as a mixture of sulfuric acid and water. When the electrolyte mixture comes in contact with the lead plates, it creates a chemical reaction that enables the battery to store and release energy. Furthermore, these plates are connected to two terminals that link to the starter and ignition systems, allowing voltage from the battery to flow to them. Batteries don’t always show signs that they are failing, so it’s important to check them periodically. At Lake Norman, we recommend that you check your battery at every oil change (about 3,000 miles or every 3 months). Check to make sure that the battery is securely mounted—vibrations from the car can greatly shorten its lifespan. While inspecting the battery, make sure that it’s securely mounted—vehicle vibrations can greatly shorten its lifespan. In addition, check that the connections are clean, tight, and corrosion free. You can use a mixture of baking soda and water to clean them or use chemically treated felt rings around the posts to prevent corrosion. If you need a new battery or want your existing one inspected, come to Lake Norman. Our state of the art service and repair center is located in Mooresville, NC.