If you’ve ever wondered why your car batteries keep dying, you’re not alone. We have five likely reasons your car batteries don’t last and what you can do about it.
- Electrical Drains. One of the most common reasons for a dying battery is electrical drains. These drains can be as simple as leaving your headlights or dome lights on overnight. Even small electrical components, like the clock or radio settings, can slowly drain your battery if it’s weak.
- Poor Battery Condition. Batteries that are not well-maintained won’t hold a charge for long. Regular maintenance, like checking the battery’s electrolyte levels and topping them off with distilled water, can help prolong your battery’s life.
- Loose or Corroded Battery Connections. These poor connections can prevent your battery from getting the juice it needs. Regularly check and clean your battery terminals to ensure a good connection.
- Weather. Extremely hot or cold temperatures can cause a weak battery to fail. While you can’t control the weather, you can ensure your battery is in good condition.
- Charging System Problems. Lastly, if your battery seems to die while driving, it’s likely not the battery but the charging system at fault. Issues with the alternator belt or the alternator itself can prevent your battery from recharging while you drive.
Understanding these factors can help you take preventive measures to extend the lifespan of your car battery. When was the last time you checked your battery’s condition? By keeping these points in mind, you can save yourself from the inconvenience of a dying battery and potentially costly repairs. We know batteries and can check yours before it leaves you stranded. Visit our shop today.