52 common car battery problems and how to maintain it correctly
common car battery problems and how to maintain it correctly
By Vukasin Herbez on 2018-07-06 13:56:52
Despite the fact that modern car batteries are proven and durable components capable of lasting several years of everyday torture without any problems, there are still several things that can go wrong. Modern car batteries are expected to last at least 3 to 4 years and most manufacturers guarantee that it will last that long. However, you can still experience your car failing to start in the morning or be stranded by the side of the road and today we will tell you how to detect if something is wrong and how to maintain your battery correctly so it will last longer.
1. Cold Weather
Extremely low temperatures could affect your car battery since in cold weather power output drops and the battery takes longer to recharge. Also, on cold days, you use your headlights more as well as your windshield wipers, so the battery is under a lot of stress. Don‘t be surprised if your car hesitates a little during cold morning starts and your headlights are flickering. This is normal and if you recharge your battery properly, there is no need for further action.
2. Electrical equipment being left on while the engine is off
If you are sitting in your car and listening to the music while the engine is off you have to realize that the power is coming straight from the car battery, slowly draining it. If your battery is not very strong and you spend a lot of time doing this, you can expect a dead battery and failure to start the car. Also, if you forget to turn off your headlights, the same thing will happen.
3. Short journeys
It is the common automotive knowledge that driving short distances puts more stress on a car and its parts than long drives. This is especially true in case of car batteries. When you drive short distances, the car battery provides starting power and powers all electrical systems but doesn’t get recharged by the alternator. This means that every short trip drains the battery which can cause problems later on.
The only and the best maintenance tip about car batteries is to avoid short drives and drive long distances in order to allow the alternator to recharge the battery in full. For example, if you have an empty car battery you should go on a highway and drive at least 30 to 40 miles in order for the alternator to recharge the battery. The 60 miles trip will recharge any car battery in full.
4. Failing alternator
If you experience flickering dashboard or headlights, the chances are that your alternator is failing and it will not be able to recharge the battery. This means that your car will stop eventually since the battery will provide power until it gets drained. The best solution is to get to the service as soon as possible but if you find yourself in the middle of a long trip, turn off the music, air conditioning, all auxiliary lights and drive the shortest way home. Since you rely solely on the battery to power the spark plugs and headlights you want to reduce the power drain and turn off other devices.
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