A battery is required to operate vehicles and they become inoperable if the battery is drained or dead. A proper battery jumpstart is sufficient in many cases to give the battery life after it has drained though the battery may need to be replaced if it is beyond being jumpstarted. Since the battery of a vehicle has a plethora of information, we at Calderon Tow & Auto would like to share a little of the basics today.
What is a Good Life for a Car Battery?
Though there are circumstances that can reduce or even extend the lifespan, the battery in your vehicle lasts about 6 years, typically. 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 cell phones, GPS, or other electronics plugged in. The illuminated Battery Warning Light on the dashboard or noticing a slow cranking on startup are indicators the battery is going to need replacing soon.
Can Cold Weather Mess Up Your Car Battery?
The life of the battery and its performance can be significantly impacted by the weather. Many people living through cold winters often experience their vehicle having a problem getting started, the cold reduces the solution’s ability to transfer full power since the extremely low temperatures can freeze a battery. 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 because the heat evaporates the battery solution. Some believe you can simply refill it with tap water, to make up for evaporation, which is bad since water contains minerals and impurities that can damage battery cells. If this solution evaporates you will notice a rotten egg smell from the sulfur in the solution. In the event the solution evaporates, you should replace the battery.
What Simulates a Dead Car Battery?
There is a plethora of parts that can cause similar symptoms, though a dead battery is the likely culprit. It is actually a faulty starter motor as the sound is similar to a dead battery with a clicking sound as you turn the key. The battery won’t recharge when the engine and if the alternator fails is contributes to a no-start condition. Clogged or worn-out spark plugs that prevent the electricity flow, or corrosion on the battery terminals are common imitators of battery failure. You can restore the battery’s performance by cleaning the terminals can be easily clean with a wire brush or steel wool.
Towing & Roadside Assistance in San Mateo, San Francisco, Daly City & Colma, CA | Greater Bay Area of California
If you find that you are in need of a battery jumpstart in the Greater San Francisco, CA area, call Calderon Tow & Auto and let our qualified specialists assist you. We can provide a jumpstart to your battery, or a tow if the issue is a little more involved.