A battery is required to operate vehicles and they become inoperable if the battery is drained or dead. To give the battery life once it has drained, a proper battery jumpstart is sufficient in many cases, though the battery may need to be replaced if it is beyond being jumpstarted. Where the battery of a vehicle has a plethora of information and today, we at Citywide Towing Service would like to share a little of the basics.
Car Battery Life
Where there are circumstances that can reduce or even extend the lifespan, usually, the battery in your vehicle lasts about 6 years. While the engine is off and multiple discharge/recharge cycles occur, the lifespan of the battery is quickly reduced. You can avoid unnecessary draining by ensuring you turn off the headlights and interior lights when you are done driving as well as avoid leaving the GPS, cell phones, or other electronics plugged in. The illuminated battery warning light on the dashboard or noticing a slow cranking on startup are indicators the battery comes to the end of its life. In the event the vehicle electronics like remote locks or interior lights randomly stop working, you likely have a dying battery. Once the battery’s life ends, it needs proper disposal as they have corrosive and hazardous materials, like battery acid.
Impact of Cold & Hot Weather on Car Battery
Weather can significantly impact the performance and life of the battery. Many people living through cold winters often experience their vehicle having a problem getting started since the extremely low temperatures can freeze a battery, the cold reduces the solution’s ability to transfer full power. With the common misconception that buying a battery with a higher CCA (cold cranking amp) rating is ideal, it cannot assist vehicle computers regulate the amperage required for startup. Those that experience hot weather, on the other hand, experience the battery’s ability limited to hold a charge since the heat evaporate the battery solution. Water contains minerals and impurities that can damage battery cells, and though some believe you can simply refill it with tap water to make up for evaporation, it is bad. From the sulfur in the solution, if this solution evaporates, you will notice a rotten egg smell. Should the solution evaporate, you should replace the battery.
Car Battery Troubleshooting
There is a plethora of parts that can cause similar symptoms, though a dead battery is the likely culprit. With a clicking sound as you turn the key, the sound is similar to a dead battery, it is actually a faulty starter motor. When the engine is on the battery won’t recharge and it if the alternator fails is contributes to a no-start condition. Corrosion on the battery terminals , clogged fuel injectors or worn-out spark plugs that prevent the electricity flow are also common imitators of battery failure. Cleaning the terminals can be easily clean with a wire brush or steel wool can restore the battery’s performance, however.