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00:06 #1: Batteries Last 3 Years
01:00 #2: Keep Your Fuel Above ¼ Tank
01:46 #3: Car History For Trans Flush
02:34 #4: No Cruise Control In Bad Weather
03:04 #5: Spare Tire Never Does The Work
04:30 #6: Leave Frozen Sludge Alone
05:17 #7: Never Cold Water In Hot Engine
05:42 #8: Car Battery Boost Tips
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#5 - This might be true of trucks, but very few passenger cars leave the factory with an LSD. There are some electrical systems like BMW's DTC which will brake a spinning drive wheel so you'll wear the brakes, but for the vast majority of cars which have an open diff I don't see that it should be a problem.
A typical car battery will easily last 5+ years if not abused (multiple deep discharges). If your car is having difficulty starting and if your battery is 5 years old or older then you should consider changing it but until then preemptive replacement is just a waste of money. The shitty thing about a lot of car guys/mechanics is that they spread myths without having any real knowledge. Hardly anyone is a skeptic and most people just perpetuate the same baseless myths without any ounce of skepticism or scientific thought.
Yeah extreme temperatures definitely wreak havoc on batteries but saying "your batteries last about 3 years and that's it, whether it passes or not..." is such a mechanic (parts salesman) thing to say. If your battery passes a test and can provide the CCA required to start your vehicle, it likely doesn't need to be replaced yet. Your concern about alternators overcharging a dead battery when boosting a car is also completely baseless. Lead-acid batteries are capable of very high charge/discharge rates (hundreds of amps). Obviously it's hard on your battery to deplete it and boost it repeatedly but you are not going to damage it by briefly charging it with two alternators. More on topic, preemptive battery replacement is not an "easy way to prevent costly repairs". A failing battery poses no risk to the rest of your vehicle and if anything changing it twice as often as needed will needlessly double one aspect of your maintenance cost. When I clicked on this video I expected general advice regarding preventative maintenance for all vehicles. Instead all of the tips are highly specific, fictional or completely irrelevant as preventative maintenance. Don't kick your cold plastic bumper!
Battery can last way more than 3 years. Mine in my 2000 Sonoma is currently at year 8, and works fine, and tested good 9 months ago. I guess I got lucky it is a freak. I have a better than OEM alternator, it has a lifetime warranty. Maybe that is a reason it has lasted so long.
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What about AWD Cars. I have my spare on the back driver side right now been on for avout 2 weeks now. I put some 22" Rims on but the Spare i have on is this huge 17" tire am i fkn up the Diff that way? should i put back on the 22" rim? The rim is Cracked so it keeps making my tire flat thats why ion have it on right now. 2007 Yukon Denali XL
tip for the different size truck tire issue.. you can deflate the larger tire and if you have a compressor inflate the smaller one until the distance from the center of the wheel to the ground is the same on both sides.. obviously not for a 500km trip but to get home itll save your diff
If #5 were true there'd be cars sitting in ditches everywhere. Although in AWD cars(especially some older Subaru's) keeping the same size is critical just tossing a smaller spare on will NOT wreck your diff in 10 miles...or even 100 miles. Replace it as soon as practical but don't fly into a panic. The best tip was not flushing your trans fluid though...that is true. Batteries? Eh...I've had batteries last 9 years/200k miles. I've had some last 3. My rule of thumb is that the first time your car struggles to start, goes dead etc...OUT with it. Also, good tip with the fuel pump. Run it out of fuel especially and it going to go sooner than later. The fuel keeps the motor cool...
My battery in a 1980 VW is 15 years old , a Sears diehard and a1992 golf with a 10 year old Kirkland battery from Costco , they are charged once a mouth for 4 hours on a 6 amp trickle charge . And I use battery warmers in the winter . So for me you are way off track on your battery advice
You missed a ton ,keep you windshield clean on the inside,don't let water stand ,vacuum your car,keep tire pressures up ,check every month, do your oil changes on time, don't leave spark plugs in for ever, air filter both cabin and eng,change brake fluid, never let you blinker fluid get low,turn the oil cap from 710 to read oil ,grease the seat so you have more g's in a turn ,replace valve caps with green ones or chrome , never signal when a bmw is near ,park in the middle of the road at any mustang meet never near a curb. AND #1 ALWASY HAVE DUCT TAPE AND ZIP TIES .
A battery only lasts for 3 years?!?!? Well, tell that to my Citroen with it's 8 yo battery, to my Renault with it's 9yo battery or to my dad's Renault that we have lost track of how old the battery is... probably 10 or more
The battery in my 2004 F150 lasted 6 years and it was still good when I realized the age and changed it. The battery in my 2015 subaru lasted less then 3 years, but I have put 90000 miles on the subaru in less then 3 years. I didn't drive the F150 that much so I guess that is the difference.
Changing the fuel filter can prevent damage to the fuel pump. I don't know about the cars with the filter in the tank.
Fuel actually flows through the pump motor and around the windings, so as long as its pumping fuel, it's being cooled. Why would any company design a car with a fuel pump that could overheat and potentially cause a fire by running low on fuel, that makes no sense.
Burning out the windings is heat, excessive heat in a gas tank is dangerous. Fuel flows through the pump cooling the windings in all pumps I've ever taken apart. As long as there's fuel flow, it's fine.
I'm a retired mechanic now selling auto parts and handing out advice. You are 1 smart Canuck! I've preached this same "shpeal" for years only to have it fall on deaf ears! You're in Canada (extreme cold) and I'm in Florida (extreme heat). Both can be hard on car batteries! As far as jump starting --- SPOT ON! That's why I carry jump boxes! But 1 mechanic to another we both know most drivers only know "GAG"! Gas and go! Stay warm my north of the border brother!
I definitely had my Oreilly brand car battery for 6 and a half years until I just decided to change it because of paranoia. it still worked. I'm in houston TX which is very hot and humid.
batteries are a luck of the draw sometimes. some last 8months while some last 8years
As long as the tire diameter stays the same, no. The bigger the tire, the more torque it takes to rotate them and move them. Bigger (lets say mud tires) will make the steering work harder, put more load on ball joints and the driveline in general. It will also throw off the speedometer
The primary purpose of an automotive battery is to start the vehicle. You realize that of all the features you listed only heated seats have any appreciable current draw? On top of that you do realize that while the car is running all of these accessories are powered by the alternator and the battery only steps in when the draw exceeds what the alternator can provide or when the vehicle is not running? Very uncommon especially given modern vehicles have high output alternators. I just recently replaced the factory batteries in my 2010 and 2011 BMWs (famous for their "electronic do dads") and I live in Canada where it frequently reaches below -25C in winter. At this temperature lead-acid batteries perform at less than 50% of their rated cranking amperage so in a milder climate these batteries would still be good.
Try doing that with a newer model car with all the electronic do dads . Most older cars do not have all the battery sucking equipment . Blu tooth , rare traffic alerts , cameras, blind spots monitoring, heated seats , remote start etc...
Your battery is going to die in three years? What? Do you buy batteries at Kmart? The Motorcraft battery in my mustang made it six and a half years. And I still got a dozen bucks back because the warranty is seven years.
Battery life varies with the climate. Heat is the real killer for any battery although you need a decent one to carry the starter load in cold. A great tip is to always start your car with the AC fan in summer, heater in Winter turned off for the first minute.