A good checking control of the charging system or its maintenance, if necessary, will be very useful during the winter period.
At Audi Blainville, a full charge system control includes checking the alternator, starter and engine battery. The latter is the most stressed in the system because of the extreme temperature differences encountered in Quebec. With these differences of temperature, the engine battery can lose capacity over time.
Our sophisticated device performs a battery capacity test by recreating the actual conditions of use. It also tests the alternator with the various accessories open, such as heating seats and ventilation, to ensure that the alternator recharges well under real conditions.
It is also important to check the starter. A faulty starter can cause too much demand, which would look like a worn out battery, but in reality the problem can come from the starter.
Some practical advice to facilitate winter start-up:
– When parking your vehicle outdoors, be sure to turn off any accessories not necessary for starting, such as the radio, wipers or heated seats.
– Do not neglect good maintenance of the vehicle, because a clean oil will adhere better to the metal walls of the engine and thus facilitate your starting.
Do not hesitate to contact us at the Audi Blainville Service Center to book your next appointment, by clicking here.
Here is an informative video (in French) about checking the charging system: