Never disconnect your battery cable while the engine is running.
You were headed to Field of Screams the other night when your car gave you trouble while starting. It’s been doing that lately and you’re not sure if you have battery trouble or a problem with your alternator. You figure you’ll take some time this weekend to check it out.
Stop right there.
Think about how you’re going to go about performing that check. You don’t want to use that old trick of disconnecting your battery while the car is running to see if it continues to run or cuts off.
“It’s a test you should never try on a modern car or truck equipped with computers and electronics,” familyhandyman.com says. “That’s because disconnecting a battery cable while the engine is running causes the alternator to spike a 25-to-125-volt surge within 40 milliseconds after cable removal. That voltage spike can’t damage anything in an old non-computerized car, but it can instantly fry the many computers and expensive electronics used on all late model cars. Repairing the damage can cost a small fortune.”
Instead, use a voltmeter. Or better yet, have a trusted Wichita auto care technician like those at Tracy’s Automotive perform the test for you.
Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.
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