A: You make a good point. Sometimes carmakers will install the least expensive (read: smallest) battery necessary. Read on.
A: It never hurts to have a friendly chat with your service manager. Ask to speak with the service manager, not the service writers at the front desk.
A: When a battery is difficult to access, there is usually a provision to conveniently attach jumper cables or a battery charger. Check your owner’s manual and you will probably see that there is a positive (+) connector access under a cover near the underhood fuse block. Yes, there are solar powered battery maintainers, but in my past experience, they don’t work very well, especially on cloudy days. There are now probably better units since our last experience was several years ago.
A: A 10-mile drive probably takes about 15 minutes and that is usually enough to keep the battery charged, even in the winter. If your car has a voltmeter, it should show at least 14.2 volts necessary to charge the battery.
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Bob Weber is a writer and mechanic who became an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician in 1976. He maintains this status by seeking certification every five years. Weber’s work appears in professional trade magazines and other consumer publications. His writing also appears in automotive trade publications, Consumer Guide, and Consumers Digest.