Signs your battery needs attention

Start Diagnosing Your Battery

You can perform a few quick tests on your battery yourself before contacting Apollo's auto repair shop.

Look for the following signs:

  • Your engine takes longer to start
  • The check engine light may appear
  • The battery case has swollen and/or smells like rotten eggs
  • You can test your battery at home by turning your key in the on position; turning on the highlights, the heater blower motor, and any other electrical accessories. Next, tap the horn. If the headlights dim, it is time to get the battery tested in-shop. A quick call to our auto service department can get battery issues sorted out.

    A non-performing battery can potentially damage your charging system and starter, and puts unnecessary wear on the battery starter alternator.

    How to Boost Your Car Battery

    We recommend against boosting your vehicle’s battery on your own. This task should be performed by a certified technician with the proper equipment and procedures. If you're in the Calgary area and need a boost, please don't hesitate to call us for help.

    The Life of Your Battery

    Generally, a car battery will last 3 to 5 years. Have your battery inspected on a yearly basis. Certain driving habits and frequent short trips can shorten battery life.

    Your car battery would eventually go dead without a built-in recharging system. Your vehicle’s recharging system consists of the alternator, alternator drive belt, battery, voltage regulator, main fuses, charge indicator, cables and wiring harness.

    A battery stores about enough power to get your vehicle started. After that, it's up to the alternator to recharge the battery and create enough electricity to power your vehicle's electrical components. If you notice that your vehicle's electronics are not working properly, take your vehicle to Apollo Transmission as soon as possible. This will avoid further complications, as you may be unable to restart the vehicle.

    Our services for battery, charging and starting systems include the following:

  • Alternator Belt
  • Alternator Repair
  • Alternator Replacement
  • Alternator Tensioner
  • Alternator Testing
  • Alternator Troubleshooting
  • Battery Charge
  • Battery Load Test
  • Battery Maintenance
  • Battery Replacement
  • Battery Testing
  • Battery Troubleshooting
  • Ignition Switch
  • Starter Relay
  • Starter Repair
  • For any concerns about car batteries or start-up, turn to Apollo Transmission. Contact us today at 403-287-9700.