With many of you storing your Corvettes or driving them only on nice days through the winter months, your battery may be losing voltage unless you are doing periodic battery maintenance. And if you think just cranking her up and letting the alternator recharge the battery, listen to what GM World Class Technician Paul Koerner of Jackson Chevrolet in Middletown, CT has to say about battery maintenance.
As Paul is going through the process of maintaining the batteries on a Black 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible and a C7 Corvette Z06 at his dealership, he made this video which was posted to his The Corvette Mechanic facebook page that explains battery maintenance and why it’s so critical to the electrical system.
As you turn the key or push the start button in your Corvette, you are taking electricity from your battery to start and run the engine, and provide power to all the electrical accessories inside the vehicle. Paul tells us that the function of the alternator is to supply additional on-demand power when needed, so with a battery that has lost voltage, the alternator needs to work harder to supply the needed power.
So not only does battery maintenance save you from a dead battery, but it can also extend the life of your Corvette’s alternator! Here’s Paul Koerner on battery maintenance:
We cover battery maintenance and why allowing your alternator to recharge a weak battery can have expensive consequences.
Paul did a video on Battery Maintenance a few years ago with Mid America Motorworks so check that out if you want more info on the subject.
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