Vehicle Battery And Cables

Most people don’t think about their battery or the cables attached to them until they hear that dread “click” and then nothing. Or the sad sound of the engine trying to start and slowly getting weaker.

You may have noticed that batteries are not lasting as long as they used to. The reason for this is that there are far more demands on the battery today, due to all the extra electronics gadgets and systems equipped on many newer vehicles.

Another factor that can shorten the life of your battery is the heat associated with our hot Okanagan summers. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, leading to damage to the internal structure of the battery.

There are some tell-tale signs that your battery is in need of an inspection from your technician.

  • If your vehicle struggles with starting then it might not be holding it’s charge between start-ups. If it eventually starts, then it is likely to be a problem with the battery.
  • If the lights fade while starting the vehicle or shortly after it has started running, that can be an indication.
  • The clicking sound we mentioned earlier. Clicking without starting is very likely a weak or dead battery.
  • Electronic devices such as power windows operating slower than usual, or lights and indicators not shining as brightly.

Most batteries won’t last 4 years before needing replacing, without proper maintenance.

Along with maintaining your battery, you must pay attention to the battery cables too. Typical problems that can interfere with your battery cables doing their job are loose connections, corrosion, and breakage.

Your battery cables connect to your battery. If the connection has vibrated loose,  this can lead to a weak or intermittent flow of power. It can also affect the charging of the battery.

Corrosion associated with your battery is typically first seen on the battery terminals and the battery cable connections. Left in this condition, it can lead to a failure to start your engine. It can also cause problems for your vehicle’s onboard computer.

Corroded or internally damaged battery cables can lead to the need to replace other more costly charging components.

What do proper battery and battery cable maintenance consist of?

  • The battery must be clean of all corrosive material.
  • Battery connections must be tight
  • A Serviceable battery needs to have the fluid level checked
  • Battery should be tested

Talk to your Paragon Motors technician about the condition of your battery and cables. They want your vehicle to start the first time, every time, and so do you.

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    wouter van der hall

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    Carol Boutilier

    Excellent service, complete confidence my vehicle is safe and well maintained. No overcharges, talk up in packages and value for your money, no gouging. I highly recommend this fabulous team they really care for people and their reputation is paramount to everyone at Paragon. Paragon's top rating... read more -

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    Bill Roper

    Drew, Rick @ Susan have been simply awesome!!
    I brought in a very uncommon car and they were amazing!!!
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    Frank Rinella

    Rick is a mechanical genius. They care about their reputation about customer service and doing a quality job. Just awesome.
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    Phil Spoelstra

    I've never been more motivated to write a review than this! My wife came off the Coquihalla from Vancouver with some car problems and couldn't find a place open on Saturday that could help her. She found Paragon Motors who showed her kindness, respect and understanding.... read more -

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    Very professional, polite and easy to deal with. Fixed the problem on time and on budget. Great job. -

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    Michael Baccari

    Awesome, highly recommend. Very nice and accommodating. I had to leave my car there for a few days due to traveling. After they were done with the repair they phoned and asked if I'd like my car to be inspected for any other issues that needed to be addressed. -

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    Haley D

    Paragon Motors provides excellent service. They got me in for an oil change and to mount and balance my tires right away when all other shops were booked for a couple weeks. They are very thorough and provide a breakdown of upcoming maintenance they suggest for you to consider in... read more -

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    Laurie Paxton

    The best mechanical, customer and personal service. I recently had quite a hiccup and Drew, Rick and their team stick handled everything so professionally and with empathy for my situation. Thank you so much. True integrity. -

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    Mountasar Al-Lawandi

    Fabulous place and staff. I was coming to Kelowna from Vancouver and started hearing a whistle noise when accelerating. These guys did what is right even though I came in without an appointment. Test drive and small tweaks and guaranteed me that I will be able to head back home... read more -

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    Carla Polischuk

    Rick and his crew at Paragon motors are awesome!! They are knowledgeable and friendly...the service is great!!!
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    I've never been more motivated to write a review than this!  My wife came off the Coquihalla from Vancouver with some car problems and couldn't find a place open on Saturday that could help her.    She found Paragon Motors who showed her kindness, respect and understanding.  They fixed the... read more -

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    Matthew Richardson

    Paragon Motors was a delight. Not only did they give us the best price, but they actually fixed what was wrong. We had taken our car to another place first and they misdiagnosed the problem. Rick took it around the block and knew exactly what to do to get it... read more -