Dealing with dead car batteries


One of the most annoying and common problems facing the average automobile user is a dead battery. All of us have tried to start our vehicle sometime and found that it wouldn’t start due to a dead battery.

So the immediate question that comes to mind is, what to do about it. The first thing you can do is find out how long a car battery will last. A car battery will last for approximately somewhere between three and five years. Most cases, you will find that it usually lasts more toward the lower end of this range and need to be replaced around the three-year mark. There are quite a few variables that determine just how long a given car battery will last. Some of the factors that can make it run out early are listed below.

Short trips: Making a lot of short trips during the life cycle of the battery can reduce their life. If your automobile has an average running time of less than 20 minutes, your alternator will not get the opportunity to recharge your battery fully.

Temperatures: Exposure to extreme temperatures are another reason for dead car batteries. The outside temperatures affect the internal chemical reactions inside the battery. Most batteries are encased in an insulated jacket for this season as it allows the battery to go through its normal temperature changes gradually and can extend its overall life. Make sure this cover isn’t discarded by mechanics or by you.

Diagnosis: If your car battery goes dead and its more than three years old, it’d be best if you would replace it with a new battery. However, if you aren’t sure just how old it is, you should charge and test out the battery. Make sure you were safety glasses and protective clothing and battery acid is extremely harmful if made contact with human skin or eyes.

Preventive care: Just remember that as long as you take care of your car battery, it will take care of you. Get into a habit of regular maintenance when it comes to your battery. Ideally, you want it to last up to five years, and for this you have to take good care of it. One of the best ways to do it is to use terminal protector spray. When applied to a new or clean battery’s terminals, it will significantly reduce the amount of corrosion that builds up over time. Corrosion is bad for your car battery as it can prevent its automatic charging using the automobile’s alternator. Follow the procedure every six months.

Terminal protector sprays such as this one can go a long way to extending the life of your car battery

Another preventive measure is to always carrying a good set of battery cables and safety glasses in your car and be familiar with the hook up and operation of these cables. Or you could even have your own jump box as this can avoid the problems that could arise from hooking up your jumper cables to another vehicle without needing to ask anyone for help.


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