PORTLAND, Ore., October 29, 2013 — With temperatures dropping, and more accessories than ever pulling energy from within the cab, the need for a dependable battery is increasingly important. Alliance Truck Partsoffers three types of dependable batteries that can be trusted to keep truckers on the road even in the coldest weather.
“As winter weather approaches, drivers and fleet maintenance managers should pay extra attention to the truck’s electrical system, and batteries in particular” said Todd Biggs, director, aftermarket parts and service marketing for Daimler Trucks North America. “Cold temperatures can limit the speed at which a battery takes a charge, and can hurt the vehicle’s overall performance.”
Battery issues can be hard to detect by the operator. In very cold weather before the battery warms up, the truck’s alternator can sometimes power the vehicle’s load and lights, masking the fact that that the battery isn’t accepting a normal charge. As it warms up, it will return to normal performance levels unless something is wrong with the battery itself.
“The battery should be inspected for corrosion, loose mounting hardware, case cracks, and deformation at each chassis lubrication. Preventative maintenance for the cold weather months should also include a state-of-charge and capacity load test,” said Biggs.
Alliance Truck Parts offers starting batteries for pure cold cranking power, dual-purpose batteries that serve starting purposes as well as powering multiple accessories, and AGM batteries, which are specially designed to handle the load of multiple, power hungry accessories while resisting vibration and corrosion.
Starting and Dual-Purpose Batteries
Alliance starting and dual-purpose batteries feature heavy-duty construction and a maintenance-free, watering-free design. Both types of batteries include tough, stainless steel terminals, which prevent corrosion and offer a secure connection. They are also available in a wide selection of performance levels to meet most cranking, amp hour and reserve capacity needs.
Both starting and dual-purpose batteries are made with a spill-resistant design to protect nearby equipment from accidental damage and both are designed to resist vibration damage for better performance and a longer life.
Alliance Truck Parts batteries offer full-framed optimized power plates, which deliver quick, efficient starting power. Dual-purpose batteries offer heavy-duty plates which contain high-density oxide for high-cycling applications. They also offer glass mat-lined separators for added vibration protection.
For trucks running multiple accessories, the Alliance AGM battery offers an optimal combination of starting, cycling and deep cycle service with more power for accessories, especially when key-off power is crucial. It is available in 1000/800- and 1060/925-amp cranking/cold cranking ratings and its absorbed glass mat construction optimizes acid-to-plate contact, which increases power delivery and performance longevity.
The Alliance AGM battery offers low internal resistance for quick starting, which also reduces wear on the alternator and the entire recharging system. Where vibrations can be a problem for other batteries, the AGM battery contains vibration protection for better performance and a longer life. AGM technology also delivers a completely spill proof design that virtually eliminates gassing and is safer to use around expensive equipment.
All Alliance Truck Parts batteries are made in the U.S. and fit nearly any make and model of heavy-duty truck. They are backed by a 1-year and in some cases an 18-month/unlimited-mile nationwide warranty serviceable at over 800 locations, including Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses dealerships in the U.S. and Canada and Travel Centers of America and Petro locations nationwide.
About Alliance Truck Parts
Alliance Truck Parts offers a range of new and remanufactured reliable parts and accessories at an affordable price to the commercial transportation industry. Alliance parts are available at more than 800 retail locations, including Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses dealerships in the U.S. and Canada, and Travel Centers of America and Petro locations nationwide. For more information or to locate the nearest Alliance Truck Parts dealer, visit alliancetruckparts.com.
Alliance Truck Parts is a brand of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, the largest heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America and a leading manufacturer of Class 4-8 vehicles. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets commercial vehicles under the Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses nameplates. Daimler Trucks North America is a Daimler company.