If your car is stuck in a driveway it could be frustrating right, no one wants to be in such a situation, it might be caused due to the dead battery that won’t start again. A battery can last about 5 years, it also depends on your location, how often you take a car for a drive, and the model. Many of you might not have the complete knowledge of how often the car system needs to be replaced until major issues arise.
A quick rundown of some of the most common causes of an inefficient battery.
- Check whether the engine light is on,
- When you drive the car, if the battery isn’t getting recharged, then there could be a mechanical charging problem.
- There is a parasitic electrical drain on the battery, which may be caused by a bad alternator.
- If it’s aged battery, it’s the time for you to replace it
In this blog, we’re going to discuss how to tell if a car battery is dead as well as what to look for before deciding that it’s completely gone.
The primary electricity source is the vehicle’s battery, and it can work for a while without any trouble. You can’t judge the longevity of batteries and when you need to replace the battery. If the car battery is old, then it’s usual that the car battery won’t charge when jumped.
If this is the case, you should get your battery replaced as soon as possible. By checking the condition of the car’s battery, you can decide whether it’s in need of replacement (corrosion is a good indicator), but if you’re confused, get professional help.
If your car’s alternator goes bad, then there are chances for the battery to not get charged as the engine operates. Furthermore, the battery may end up dead, which requires cost for a replacement.
Inspect the headlights while the car runs, just look whether the light diminishes gradually. If it does, you should look at the alternator and fix any faults.
Do you find corrosion on the battery or around it? Then it’s a sign of an inefficient battery to hold a charge. The corrosion is a huge barrier that stops the battery from receiving a full charge.
Although the corrosion on the battery indicates that the battery is getting old, that is not always the case. Poor maintenance can cause such corrosion. Take care of your car’s battery and remove the battery corrosion when present.
Another reason for the inability of a battery to hold the charge is due to a defective fuse or “blown fuse.” The fuse damage may drain the battery, so it’s good to identify such a problem quickly. Once you’ve found this problem, then you can replace the blown fuse.
Some car batteries have to fill holes, where you add some water. If your model has such features then check the water level if the vehicle won’t start. Keep the water level to top if it appears low to make the battery function well. Modern car batteries do not have such features.
These are the signs of a dead or dying battery. Detect it early and fix the problem quickly to avoid costly repairs or replacements.