Car Battery Replacement at your home or office in Elgin.

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4.9/5

Number of Reviews

5,268

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Chris

10 years of experience
281 reviews
Chris
10 years of experience
Arrived early. Fixed the problem in 10 minutes and pointed out a couple of items to keep my eye on. Great service. Thanks, Chris.
Fast and polite. Great service!

Jeffrey

24 years of experience
105 reviews
Jeffrey
24 years of experience
Jeffery was very patient and knowledgeable about our car's situation. He informed us about why our car wasn't performing the way we expected it to, and walked us through every step.
On time, pleasant, and thorough. Made changing my battery a breeze.

Kyle

10 years of experience
68 reviews
Kyle
10 years of experience
I had the best experience with Kyle. Extremely helpful and knowledgeable which made it easy for him to quickly point out what was really wrong and why. I would recommend him and this service to anyone.
Kyle was great! Friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient.

Dellano

17 years of experience
386 reviews
Dellano
17 years of experience
Was a bit late, outside of the window, but it was raining and had been raining so I'm sure that backed him up. Once he got there was awesome fixed the problem in and out, texted me when he was done so I could come out. Bing, bam, boom. Appreciate it!
Great experience. Thank you!

Tom

25 years of experience
1 reviews
Tom
25 years of experience
Excellent and professional job. Very satisfied.

Cesar

8 years of experience
292 reviews
Cesar
8 years of experience
I’ve had multiple appointments with Cesar and he has always shown up on time & been extremely helpful.

James

18 years of experience
95 reviews
James
18 years of experience
Excellent

Terry

25 years of experience
326 reviews
Terry
25 years of experience
Terry is awesome!! As a grandmother, it is hard to find someone to fix my car at the last minute--and someone that will come to me!! Terry was early--which was amazing!! He's very efficient and knows his stuff!! I would recommend him to everyone! As a female--there are not many mechanics that can be trusted---I'm glad I finally found one that I can :)

Max

16 years of experience
35 reviews
Max
16 years of experience
Max is punctual, knowledgeable, and empowered me to feel confident about my vehicle and the service he put into it. On his first visit to my house he was sure to call before he head over and he was extremely polite. I was really nervous that I would end up with another mechanic that wanted to take advantage of my lack of car smarts. I really didn't want to end up feeling ripped off. Max made sure he explained everything to me without making me feel silly and, in the end, saved me a bunch of time and money. I got really good vibes from this guy and, if need be, I will definitely be using him again in the future.

Jeremy

19 years of experience
324 reviews
Jeremy
19 years of experience
Jeremy is hands down the best mechanic I have ever dealt with! He is extremely professional, knowledgeable, efficient, and trustworthy. He is exceptional. Thank you so much Jeremy!


How much does Car Battery Replacement cost in Elgin?

It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to in Elgin. Our mechanics in Elgin are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office in Elgin.

Cars Estimate Parts Cost Labor Cost Savings Average Dealer Price
2006 Lotus Exige $197 $116.99 $79.99 12% $224.49
2012 GMC Yukon XL 1500 $226 $145.76 $79.99 10% $253.26
2013 Kia Optima $210 $129.51 $79.99 11% $237.01
2012 Mercedes-Benz C250 $288 $208.26 $79.99 8% $315.76
2009 Cadillac SRX $226 $145.76 $79.99 10% $253.26
2016 Jaguar F-Type $394 $314.16 $79.99 6% $421.66

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Car Battery Replacement Service

What are car batteries and how do they work?

A car battery is an energy storage device that relies on a chemical reaction within the battery to produce electricity. The stored electrical energy is used to initially operate the starter motor, ignition system, and fuel system on your vehicle. Once your car engine is running, the alternator supplies the electricity needed for all vehicle systems and charges the battery to replace the electric energy used when starting a car.

Most electric vehicles have a traction battery which is in addition to the standard 12 volt battery that is used to start the car engine. Traction batteries also convert chemical energy to supply electrical energy but operate at higher voltages and often are monitored by the PCM (Powertrain Control Module).

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When to replace a car battery?

  • Your car doesn’t start. A new battery has a specified capacity to provide power. This capacity is referred to as the cranking amps rating of the battery. As a battery ages, the actual amps that a battery can supply becomes lower than its original rating Once the cranking amps fall below a critical threshold, it will be difficult or impossible to start your car.
  • Battery or charging system warning light is illuminated. Should a battery or charging system warning light illuminate, a mechanic should perform a few basic tests to determine if a battery replacement is needed.
  • Electrical components don’t work. Once a battery has started to fail, and the voltage produced by the battery drops, then vehicle electrical components can malfunction, such as the security system. If you are experiencing electrical malfunctions, it’s a smart idea to have the battery tested.

How do mechanics replace the battery?

  • A temporary power source might be installed to avoid the possibility of losing radio presets or stored data in the PCM while the battery is out. When the battery is already completely dead, this step is unnecessary.
  • The vehicle’s negative cable is removed from the battery, followed by the positive cable. The battery tie down system is loosened and the old battery removed.
  • Cable ends and wiring are carefully inspected to ensure cleanliness and no corrosion. In some cases, corrosion can be extreme and the cable may need to be replaced or wiring repaired.
  • The new battery is installed and the tie down system is reinstalled. Anti-corrosion compound is applied to the battery terminals. The positive terminal is reconnected followed by the negative terminal.
  • Some vehicles, for example some models of BMW, VW, and Audi, may require PCM programming to input battery parameters. This step, performed using a specialized scan tool, is necessary to maximize battery life and prevent electrical system malfunctions.
  • The car is started and charging system output is measured and compared against the factory OEM specification to ensure that the new battery will properly recharge. Generally, charging output will be in the range of 13.8 to 14.8 volts but the exact specifications vary by make and model.

Is it safe to drive with a battery problem?

Yes, but if you have a weak battery you might be left stranded somewhere if the battery dies completely and you cannot start your car. A faulty battery may also needlessly overload the alternator and could adversely affect the operation of the vehicle’s electrical system, including the vehicle security system and the shift interlock.

When replacing the battery keep in mind:

  • The quality of the electrical connections to the battery posts is important. Connections must be clean, free of corrosion and properly tightened.
  • Batteries store a large amount of energy and if short-circuited a battery could explode and can create intense discharges that can damage your eyesight. Insulated tools should be used to attach cabling to battery terminals. Otherwise, the battery’s positive cable can be shorted to ground or the positive and negative posts can be directly shorted. Batteries can only be safely installed from a positive terminal to positive wiring and from a negative terminal to body ground. If the polarity is reversed damage will likely occur to the vehicle’s electrical system.
  • Generally, a car battery will have a service life of 4 to 7 years. If a load test on a battery reveals a significant reduction in the capacity of the battery to provide power, you should buy a new battery rather than wait for the old battery to fail completely.
  • Batteries should only be disconnected if the engine is off and the alternator is not running. Disconnecting a car battery while the alternator is running can cause a voltage spike that will damage sensitive electronic components in the vehicle, such as the PCM.

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