Why your car battery is important
Your car battery is one crucial element that keeps your vehicle functioning day in and day out. The battery not only helps keep your vehicle going but also helps in other ways as well. Your battery assists with the alternator to make sure the vehicle starts every time. It’s the reason your interior and exterior lights work, your radio plays, your phone charges, and more. A dead battery can affect the whole car!
Signs of a Dying Car Battery
There are a few signs that may warn you that your car battery is dying.
- Your engine may crank but doesn’t actually start.
- Your vehicle wont crank. Your car won’t start. No lights turn on.
- One day it starts fine and the next day it doesn’t start at all.
- Cranking during cold weather is hard work for your vehicle.
- You’ve had to jump it off a lot.
Why Did My Battery Die?
Your car battery can die for a few different reasons. Be aware of why your car battery may have died and make sure that you replace it immediately. You don’t want to be stuck on the road with a dead battery for the same reason with why it died in the first place.
Extreme heat or cold can kill a weak battery. A car that sits for too long usually will have a weak or dead battery. Overcharging a battery will drain it as well. Sometimes the battery charge will drain and also cause the battery to die. A battery isn’t meant to last forever to make sure to replace it before it’s too late!
How Long Does a Car Battery Last?
Most car batteries have a life span of 3 – 5 years. If your climate averages at a “normal” temperature, the battery will last for about 4 years. In extreme heat, your battery may last about 2 and a half years.
If It’s Not the Battery, Then What Is It?
If your battery tests positive, then your car may be dead because of a bad alternator or starter. When the battery has normal voltage but won’t start, it’s more than likely your alternator that has gone out. It could also be the starter. The starter helps spin the engine over, as well as suck in air fuel. This will also cause your vehicle to not start if the starter isn’t responding.
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