Charging Systems, Batteries, & Your Ford Vehicle

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There's a lot more at play when your Ford F-150 is hauling a heavy load than one might think, and it isn't just in the engine. When customers think of power, you think of what your truck can handle, but your battery and alternator also have the power to drive your experience. Understanding these systems is critical to spotting a problem, and knowing when to call us is important.

What to Know

First, your alternator is another part of your Explorer that provides power to the electrical components. It works with your battery to do this, and even recharges your battery as you drive. When these are not working properly, you may experience erratic behavior from your headlights, wipers, and more. Next, your starter is what you use when turning the key in the ignition to get the vehicle running. Your Escape can't get going without it, and if it's not working right, your vehicle will turn over slowly, or not at all.

All hope is not lost, and if you are experiencing anything out of the ordinary, you should bring your Expedition to our service team for a closer look. Some things to be on alert for include:

  • Your Mustang is slow to turn over
  • You notice any corrosion on your battery terminals
  • Extreme heat or cold can damage or reduce the lifespan of the battery, which is usually three to five years
  • Any strange electrical behavior should be reported

If you have any questions or concerns about your Ford car, truck, or SUV, contact our service team immediately, and we'll set up an appointment for you to be seen. Getting caught with a vehicle that won't start is never fun, and it always happens at the most inconvenient times, so be prepared. If anything seems out of the ordinary, schedule an appointment online or by calling us here at our dealership.

  1. Key West Ford

    1618 N Roosevelt Blvd
    Key West, FL 33040

    • Sales: 305-294-5715
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