If you leave your car sit for a few months it should come as no surprise that it may not turn on when you go to start it. This could be the result of a dead battery. However, you can still face the same issue even if you have a brand new car or you are driving your car regularly. Thus, you end up with no choice except to contact the nearest emergency roadside assistance company to solve the issue.
The question arises what exactly might be causing your battery to die in the first place? There could be many reasons why your car battery is drained. You can contact local car boosting service providers for assistance. But knowing what exactly is causing the problem will help you avoid a car breakdown on a cold winter morning in Ontario. Here is a list of some of the common reasons for a depleted battery.
You Leave Your Headlights On
Getting off work, the only thing going through your mind is reaching home and relaxing after a long day. So you forget to turn your headlights off or close the door properly before leaving your car. When you try to start the car in the morning, you find that your battery has died. That’s because once the engine is off, all the electronics in your car are charged by the battery. Something as small as a dome light can drain your battery preventing your car from starting the next morning. A simple way to solve this problem is to make sure that your battery is charged.
Something Is Causing A ‘Parasitic Draw’
A turned on accessory can cause your battery to die. But what if all the accessories are off and you still cannot start your engine? This could mean that you have a faulty wire in your car that is depleting your battery without any apparent problem. This is called a parasitic draw.
In a running car an alternator charges your battery but when the car is turned off your battery is not being charged. This can be fixed by jumpstarting your car. You can contact your local car boosting service to repair the faulty wiring to avoid experiencing the same problem again.
Loose Battery Connections
A disconnected battery means your car won’t start. The batteries connectors can jostle loose sometimes or terminals might corrode. This will either cause the engine to shut down completely or the battery won’t fully transmit power. To solve this problem tighten your connectors. However, corrosion related problems require you to clean the battery regularly. Doing this will ensure that your battery is charged properly.
Harsh Weather Conditions
Freezing cold winters and the boiling heat of summer can cause problems with your car’s battery. New batteries are more resistant to extreme temperatures. But sometimes even a new battery can succumb to extreme temperature changes. This will either weaken the overall performance or cause it to die completely.
If you notice that your battery is experiencing a performance issue, you can contact your nearest car service provider to help you diagnose and solve the problem.
Battery Is Not Charging
You can’t rely on your battery to start your engine if its alternator is not functioning properly. Your battery needs an alternator to keep it charged up. If your alternator isn’t working, it can’t power your battery effectively. You might be able to save some money by replacing a small part of the alternator called the diode. But if the problem continues to resurface then you might have to replace your battery completely.
Frequent Short Trips
The alternator charges the battery while your engine is running. But if you drive short distances frequently, then the alternator won’t have enough time to properly charge the battery. This will eventually shorten the battery’s lifespan in the long run. Taking longer trips will allow the battery to reach its maximum charging capacity.
Things To Keep In Mind
While exiting your car, always make sure to turn off all accessories and lock the car doors. Check your battery connectors regularly to make sure they aren’t loose. If you continue to experience problems with your car’s battery, call your local car service provider.
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