All FAQS - Battery & Charging System

Battery & Charging System FAQS

Sharp Transmissions welcomes you to our website's page dedicated to frequently asked questions the technicians at our automotive repair shop gets from customers about the battery and charging system of their vehicles. The battery charging system ensures the battery is kept charged and supplies energy for the various electrical parts of the vehicle during operation, including the radio, lights, power windows, and more. The majority of the vehicles we service for our customers in the greater Kingston area have charging systems that are comprised of an alternator, battery, wiring, and ECU (electronic control unit). Older model vehicles may have a regulator but late model vehicles now use the vehicle's computer.

How do I clean dirty battery terminals?

Sharp Transmissions is happy to share this useful video we located on YouTube about how to clean dirty auto battery terminals. It is our hope that this video will help our customers in the Kingston area who want to learn how to clean dirty car battery terminals properly and safely. If you have any questions or would like a professional auto mechanic from the Sharp Transmissions team to help you please contact us for assistance.

How much does an alternator repair cost?

When asked by our customers in the greater Kingston area about how much an alternator repair cost, our team of auto repair mechanics will tell them it can be challenging to give a specific cost to repair an alternator as there are a variety of factors that can determine a final alternator repair cost at Sharp Transmissions. For example, one consideration when determining how much an alternator repair can cost is whether the alternator repair only involves a belt needing replacement, or does the entire alternator need to be replaced. Yet another important consideration our Kingston auto repair mechanics tell our customers is that the type of the vehicle may also be a determining factor that ultimately determines the cost to fix the alternator. Typically we tell our customers who want to know how much it cost to repair an alternator they can expect to pay between $200 to $600 dollars.

How much does it cost to replace my car battery?

Occasionally the customers of Sharp Transmissions may ask our shop’s auto repair mechanics how much it will cost to replace a car battery. As car batteries can be installed rather quickly, the labor cost to replace a car battery is generally under $30. The actual cost of the car battery may vary depending on the brand and quality of the battery. As with most things in life, it is usually the case that the higher the cost the better the quality of car battery.

How does a car battery work?

Sharp Transmissions would like to invite all of our customers in the greater Kingston area to watch this video showing how a car battery works to operate a vehicle. If you live in the Kingston area and have a car battery problem or question we invite you to contact us so one of our automotive repair specialists can be of help.

Satisfied Customers

1/1/2009

My experience with Sharp Transmissions has always been positive. They were honest about what needed to be done on my vehicles and went above and beyond with their quality of work.

Barbara G. G.
Kingston NY,

2/7/2013

Thanks again Sharp Transmission, you earned 5 stars from this customer.

Tina Gomo
Highland NY,

8/1/2012

I have had a great experience here! Two solenoids on my transmission were replaced, lowest price in town, with a one day turn around. Everyone was respectful and prompt

Jenna W.
Port Ewen NY,

3/14/2013

I got my truck back a few days later with the transmission rebuilt by Milt and his team and it runs perfectly.

Fred Rasmussen
Kingston NY,

3/18/2013

I'm glad that over the last few years Sharp Transmissions has expanded it's services to include ALL things automotive.

John Platania
Rhinebeck NY,

7/21/2015

You really are one of the last of the Good Guys!

Mr.Henry Sobeck
Saugerties, New York

5/21/2014

For over 25 years Sharp Transmissions has been our one and only call.

Gary Arold
Kingston NY,

10/21/2014

When my local shop could not handle my car's transmission problem, I was advised to go to Sharp in Kingston.

Jean K
Kerhonkson,

11/8/2012

When all was said and done, I got the oil change, a transmission flush, a new battery, and a new air filter for a price that I'm positive would have been about triple at the dealer.

Leslie G.
Kingston NY,

1/1/2015

A real professional i would take any car with any problem to this place.its hard to find a mechanic you can trust and Milt is just that.

Mr.Jay Wells
Accord, New York

1/10/2015

They are my only car care providers now and I bring my vehicles to them for everything. They earned my trust and loyalty with their fair prices and honesty.

Mr.Stephen Tresco
Rhinebeck, New York

3/8/2013

I would definitely recommend Sharp Transmission to anyone who needs this type of work done and wants to know the cost will be low and the quality high.

Mrs.Elizabeth Murphy
Saugerties, New York

10/1/2013

The timing was exactly as he predicted and the final price if the transmission matched the estimate.

Elizabeth Murphy
Saugerties NY,

3/10/2013

Great service! Honest and reliable care always!

Laura Hawthorne
Tivoli NY,

1/26/2012

They even do more than just transmissions, and are experts in all aspects of car repairs - which is a big help to me since I have had bad experiences at other repair shops in the past and like to stick with a place I can trust - plus it is just more convenient for me to take my care to one place as oppossed to many various specialists.

Leah C.
Albany NY,

4/27/2011

The mechanic (Milt) test drove my minivan hooking the computer to locate the problem alongside me. After the test, he told me that it was not the transmission problem; it was a problem with Throttle Position Censor (TPS). He replaced the TPS while I waited. I paid $300 for this service. They were very professional and courteous.

Shafiul Choudhury
Saugerties NY,

3/10/2013

I highly recommend Sharp Transmission and Milt to anyone wanting top quality service.

Barry Greene
Stone Ridge NY,

6/23/2010

If you think you have a transmission issue?, TAKE IT TO SHARP!!

GoodHorsekeeping GoodHorsekeeping
Kerhonkson NY,

6/19/2010

Their prices are very reasonable and they always explain everything and tell me what options I have. I highly recommend them.

Anna C.
Stone Ridge NY,

3/10/2013

You want the best, you got the best!.

Dave Reuter
Hyde Park NY,

2/10/2012

Thanks Milt!!! For the great service and honesty that's hard to find in this world today....

Thomas T.
Long Island NY,

9/7/2012

Quick turn around time. Friendly, curteous, knowledgeable staff. A+ all the way

M.Zucco Zucco
Poughkeepsie NY,

11/23/2011

Very impressed by Sharp Transmission. Did great work on my old Hondy Odyssey 1999. Offered followup testing and did a thorough and decent job. Communicated well. The mechanics were very knowledgeable and helpful

J.H. J.H.
New Paltz NY,

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