Your car battery is the heart of your car because it is the power unit that does a lot of things!
- Starts your car
- Runs all the computers that control your car’s critical systems
- Operates your sound system
- Many more
Just as you would not want your body to be without a beating heart, you will not want your vehicle to be without power. When this happens, you will most likely be suffering with a dead battery.
To Avoid A Dead Battery – Service Your Battery!
The best way to ensure that your car battery remains functional and reliable is to make sure you do at least the bare minimum to service your battery. To keep your battery in great shape as long as possible, you should;
- Check water levels in the cells
- Make sure battery cables aren’t corroded
If you are concerned about your car battery or if you think you’re starting to have battery-related problems, you should look at some of the most commonly asked questions about dead batteries.
How Will You Know If Your Car Battery Is Dying?
There are several signs that will tell you that your car battery will need to be replaced or serviced. These signs will include a slow engine crank, check engine lights turning on, dim lights, weak engine power, bloated casing, the smell of sulfur or rotten eggs and low fluid levels in the battery itself.
Why Is Your Battery Dying?
There are many causes for a dying or dead battery with the most common being low water levels and current drainage. If you accidentally leave your headlights or interior lights on overnight, you may wake up to find that your car battery is dead. The great news about modern cars is they have “smart” systems that can detect these errors and turn off lights, preserving your battery.
Sometimes, a jump start will be able to temporarily fix the problem in around 5 to 10 minutes.
There are other situations which will cause drainage such as not closing the glove box or visor completely, leaving the stereo on or leaving the door ajar. After several hours, all of these situations will cause the battery to drain completely. If the battery is close to needing to be replaced or old, this will happen much faster.
In a climate like Colorado Springs where we get months of below freezing temperatures at night, your battery can freeze if left in a discharged state during freezing temperatures. This will effectively kill your battery.
Other Reasons For A Dead Battery
Other reasons for your car battery being dead include parasitic draws, defective cells, and low fluid. It is recommended that you take your vehicle to a trained mechanic to get the real reason for the dead battery. The mechanic will also be able to provide you with the assistance that you need.
How Long Does A Car Battery Last?
The standard lead-acid car battery will have a normal lifespan of 3 to 5 years. If you take great care of your car and buy a good battery up front, you can get your battery to last much longer.
If you drive long distances or very often, you should look at changing your battery every 3 years. This timeframe is also recommended for older cars as they will use their batteries in a different way to modern ones.
It is important to note that while the average lifespan of a battery is 3 to 5 years, there are several factors that could shorten it. If your battery is less than 3 years old, there is still a chance that you need to have it replaced.
How Can You Tell The Age Of Your Battery?
The age of your car battery is actually very easy to determine. The label on the side of the battery will have the manufacturer date on it. This information will tell you when the battery was sent out by the manufacturer. The first 2 characters on the label will represent different pieces of data with the letter being the month the battery was made while the number is the year.
Get Your Battery Diagnosed
If you’re having consistent starting problems, and need a jump often, it’s a good idea to have your battery and your car’s charging system checked out.
If you have a regular, trusted mechanic, get your car in the shop for a check-up.
No mechanic? Take your car into one of the local automotive parts stores such as O’Reilly’s, Autozone, NAPA or Advance Auto and ask a counter person to run a check on your battery and charging system.
If your battery’s defective, that’ll be an easy fix and the auto parts store should be able to do that for you right there. If your charging system is not recharging your battery – that’s a bigger problem. Find a trusted local mechanic (Google and look at their reviews) and get your car repaired.
Battery and starting problems can be dangerous and costly. Make sure you have this problem covered!