Kelly's Garage - Active Green and Ross - July 2016




Well I hope everyone enjoyed or is enjoying August 1.  This is the civic holiday that goes by various names.  In Toronto it is called Simcoe Day, in Vaughan it’s called Benjamin Vaughan Day and in Burlington it’s called Joseph Brant Day.  Regardless of all the names the civic holiday has, it’s a day off to be enjoyed! I however, will be working at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Monday helping raise funds for the Motorsport Hall of Fame.  If you are looking for something to do, come on out.  It’s $25.00 to ride for three laps in a car around an historic racetrack.  Could this be a bucket list item for you?  Ron Fellows will be there giving laps in a 2016 Z06 Corvette, 650hp and 650 torque… Could be fun.  I also wanted to let you know that maintenance is very high on the corvettes that Ron uses.  He routinely is checking for brake wear and tire wear as well as monitoring for anything else that could happen.  The last thing he wants is for a very fast car to get a flat tire or have no brakes when he’s coming up the back straightaway at a very high rate of speed.  Maintenance at any level is important and you don’t want to be breaking down on your way home from the cottage or vacation, do you?





The first lead acid car battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Plante and is the oldest type of rechargeable battery.

This month's topic: Batteries

How often do you think about your battery?  I can’t say that I think about it on a very regular basis and yet I found this statistic online that said of 1.95 vehicle breakdowns under the age of 6 years, 52% were due to batteries and only 15% were due to flat tires. Yet we always say “make sure you check your tire pressures before going on a big trip”. No one ever says “check your battery”.  This statistic is from 2007 but I can’t imagine things have changed much.

I thought I would explain to you what a battery does but when I looked it up, here’s what I found.

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I don’t know about you, but it looked like a foreign language to me, but I guess it’s because I didn’t take chemistry in high school. Basically what the battery does is convert chemical energy to electrical energy, which is necessary to power your car.

The job of the battery is to give your vehicle power through the alternator and to also continuously be charged so that it will start for you the next time.  As I mentioned earlier the car battery is the first battery that is able to be recharged and it really hasn’t changed much since it was invented.  At first they weren’t sealed, but since the 1970’s batteries have been sealed so the acid can’t spill out of it

The average life of a battery is 3-5 years.  Our driving habits (frequent trips under 20 minutes) and exposure to extreme elements can greatly shorten the life of your battery.  In Ontario we have extreme temperature swings from summer to winter and believe it or not, a lot of the damage our batteries sustain is in the summer due to the extreme heat.  At Active Green and Ross, they check your battery every time you bring your vehicle in for service.  This is a great value added service and can potentially keep you from having a “no-start” situation by spotting the weak battery before it becomes a “dead” battery.

Rarely does a battery give you many signs that it isn’t long for this world, but here are a couple of symptoms. The engine may be slow to turn over; lots of different lights are coming on  your dash, or possibly the battery may be swollen or bloated.  More often than not we don’t get any notice or we don’t notice the symptoms, instead we get the click, click, click and then we are calling roadside assistance or getting someone to boost us. Something else to look out for if you ever opened your hood and see green corrosion on your battery post you will want to get this cleaned off as it is robbing your battery of power and shortening the life of it.

A weak battery will also put a great stress on other parts of your vehicle such as the charging system, starter motor and starter solenoid.  One small battery not being up to snuff could cause all kinds of problems!  Take care of that battery!


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The first lead acid car battery was invented in 1859 by French physicist Gaston Plante and is the oldest type of rechargeable battery.

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