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Keep Your Vehicle's Heart Beating Strong

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ROANOKE, Va.--Just as you need to eat healthy, exercise and go to the doctor regularly to keep your heart going strong, you should make sure that the heart of your vehicle, the battery, is in good health as well. Once the battery in your vehicle goes dead or begins to experience complications, your vehicle could be down for the count leaving you stranded. Symptoms of a dying battery include:

  • Dim lights (exterior and interior)
  • Slow cranking
  • Voltmeter reading below 12v

Many factors define the type of battery youll need for your vehicle, physical size, cold cranking amps, top or side mounted terminals, and more. It can get confusing, especially when you are stranded, and you simply want to get back on the road. Advance Auto Parts is the industry leader when it comes to batteries. Take advantage of our knowledge and FREE system checks and installation services proactively, before your battery fails you, says Bryan Gregory, Advance Auto Parts director of consumer education.

Many people think that cold weather destroys their battery. The fact is that the damage done inside the battery happened in the extreme heat of summer, revealing itself when serious cranking amps are needed for starting in the extreme cold, Gregory adds.

It is something that has happened to all of us, you come out of the mall only to realize that you left your interior, or exterior lights on. The vehicle will not crank, what do you do now? Sometimes batteries let you down when you least expect it and you have no choice but to jump start your vehicle, which if done correctly can have your vehicle up and running in a matter of minutes.

You must be careful during this procedure, it can be hazardous, and electrical system damage could occur if jump starting is done incorrectly, says Gregory, so if there are any doubts that you may be doing something wrong, be sure to ask for help.

Your battery should be checked each summer and winter, especially if you live in extreme climates or have a lot of electrical demand from your vehicle. In order to keep your vehicles heart healthy and pumping strong, Advance Auto Parts carries an extensive line of batteries, alternators, related components, tools and accessories to ensure that your car will start every time, even in the most adverse conditions.

Advance Auto Parts and its well-trained, knowledgeable Team Members can help customers with all of the parts and products needed to perform gas-saving do-it-yourself projects. ASE-certified experts and the companys consumer education program, featuring free instructional brochures in stores and video clinics and brochures available at, show customers how to save money and increase vehicle efficiency by repairing and replacing various vehicle systems, fluids, and parts themselves.

About Advance Auto Parts

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts is the second-largest retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, based on store count and sales. As of April 21, 2007, the Company operated 3,150 stores in 40 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. The Company serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets.

Advance Auto Parts supports a variety of non-profit organizations at the corporate and local levels and encourages its Team Members to become actively involved in various community-based charitable organizations. Nationally, Advance Auto Parts is a strong supporter of United Way and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Since 1994, Advance Auto Parts has raised more than $12 million for JDRF and is one of that organizations largest corporate supporters.

Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and on-line shopping for parts and accessories can be found on the Companys web site at