Battery Replacement In San Rafael, California

How Does a Car Battery Work?

It's no question that a vehicle's battery is essential for keeping your car running. At Northgate Automotive, we are experts in servicing car batteries, whether it be a battery in your Honda, Toyota, Lexus, Chevrolet, or any other make. In addition to battery service, we also perform other services like tune-ups, automotive repair, scheduled maintenance, and oil change.

Your car's battery provides energy to power your car's electronic system, which includes parts such as your car's sound system, air conditioning, and more. Energy is also stored in the battery to turn your vehicle on. Once the car is on, a series of reactions start in the battery, which generates electricity. Your car's alternator continues generating electrons to keep powering the battery. A standard battery contains twelve grids on six SLI battery cells, which means there are two grids per cell. Each cell emits two volts of electricity, which means the battery produces twelve volts of electricity in total.

How Do I Know If My Battery Needs Servicing or Needs to Be Replaced?

You don't want to be stuck in the middle of the road with a dead battery, especially in San Rafael, San Anselmo, Gallinas, Kentfield, and St. Vincent. If you think your battery might be failing, feel free to bring your car to Northgate Automotive, and we can perform a battery system test to verify the strength of your battery and determine if it needs to be replaced. Here are some signs to look out for that indicate a failing or weak battery:

Dim headlights: One of the most obvious signs of a weak battery is the decrease in the performance of your vehicle's electrical components, including your headlights. If you notice that your headlights are dim or other electrical components have slowed down, feel free to bring your vehicle to Northgate Automotive in San Rafael, California 94903.

Your vehicle's battery light turns on: While this could also mean there is a problem with your alternator, your car's battery light on the dashboard turning on most likely means there is an issue with your battery.

Your car will not turnover or start: If you turn the key or press the start button and hear clicking coming from under the hood, or the car does not respond at all, you may have a dead battery. It is important to have your dead battery tested at Northgate Automotive to determine whether it needs to be replaced or simply charged.

Your Expert Shop for Battery Service

Look no further than Northgate Automotive in Marin to fulfill all your auto repair needs. Our technicians have decades of combined experience and can take care of your vehicle no matter the make or model. We've been fixing cars since 1978 and are dedicated to providing top-notch customer service. When you bring your car to our shop, we will make sure any issues with your battery are fixed as soon as possible.

Reasons You Should Do Business With Us:

  • Transparency
  • Honesty
  • Integrity
  • We are Experts
  • Years of Experience

Don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with Northgate Automotive in San Rafael today! You can schedule an appointment with us online at or give us a call at 415-479-7544. Northgate Automotive - Quality you Can Trust, at a Fair Price.


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