While your car battery is relatively inexpensive and perhaps the least complicated component in your vehicle, it offers a vital service. When your battery dies, your vehicle will be unable to move, and you’ll be grounded. Therefore, scheduling a routine car battery service as a preventive measure or maintaining it could save you a lot of trouble.
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How does the Car Battery Work?
When your car is running, the battery continuously charges through the alternator. When it is idle for days, it slowly loses power going beyond the minimum level required to crank the engine. Over its lifespan, the battery undergoes temperature fluctuations. The heat produced during engine operation deteriorates your battery’s power capacity. It’s also important to note that, in cold weather, car batteries can last up to six years compared to hot weather regions where their lifespan reduces by close to three years.
What is your car battery age?
Most vehicles use a 12-volt battery that lasts up to 5 years. Knowing how old your battery is, helps you figure out how soon you need to have it repaired. It is, therefore, essential to keep a record of your car repair or car battery repair service. If you are unsure of the date, pop up your hood and check for a simple circular sticker on the battery for month and year of the sale, for example, 24/5.
Check for dead battery warning signs
It’s hard to notice when you turn on your car and your engine cranks slowly. In most cases, this is a sign of a faulty battery. Another common symptom of a dying battery is turning on your headlights when your car is not running; if they are dim, your car battery could be on its way out. In some rare cases, the battery will not show any signs, but your vehicle will suddenly be unable to turn. After a jump start, it might work correctly but fail again shortly. When this happens, contact your local AAMCO Louisville mechanic for a battery replacement service.