3500 Lake Avenue Wilmette, IL 60091
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Saturdays 8:00am - 2:00pm

Car Batteries: Starting and Charging to Keep Your Vehicle Moving


A drained automotive battery equals a conked car. If it happens in your garage, it's an inconvenience. When you're away from home, it's far worse.

Tell-tale signs of a dying battery include:

  • A slowly cranking or non-starting engine
  • Non-functioning electrical components, such as wiper blades, lights and your stereo
  • Car not starting without a jump
  • Illuminated dashboard warning lights

Driving habits and environmental factors can shorten a battery's lifespan, which is typically 3 to 5 years. Batteries can and do fail without any warning. If your battery is 4 years old or more, we recommend replacing it, or at the very least, testing it.


The hiccuping or gasping of a car that won't start always comes at the most inopportune times. It's not just annoying. It can be downright dangerous, leading to a stalled vehicle in an isolated location.

The starting and charging system includes your alternator, starter, ignition and battery. When these elements aren't working in tandem, it's bad news. If your car's engine cranks but doesn't start, doesn't crank at all or requires frequent jump starts, contact Hong Kong Auto Service, and we'll give you a "fresh start."


    3500 Lake Avenue
    Wilmette, IL 60091


    Mon - Fri 7am to 6:30pm
    Sat 8am to 2pm Sun Closed