Is Your Car Battery Dead? Try This.
If your car battery dies, your car simply will not work, not even a little. The battery in your vehicle is like its heart, and without it properly functioning your car will not have the power it needs to start, move or do anything else. Most car batteries have a maximum life expectancy of about two or three years. Hence, it is ideal to replace your car’s battery every two and a half years, prior to the manifestation of any battery problems. There are many reasons why car batteries die, including:
- Letting the car sit idle for extended periods of time (i.e. if it is in storage)
- Leaving interior lights, headlights, flashers, and/ or the radio on when the car is not running
- Using the air condition when the car is not running
- Low air temperature that causes the battery to freeze
- Lack of battery maintenance
- Failure of the voltage regulator in the alternator
Regardless of the reason that has led your car battery to die, assuming it is not visibly cracked and/ or leaking acid, you can may be able to get yourself up and running again by jump starting your battery.
Steps To Jump Start Your Car
In order to jump-start your car you will need the help of another vehicle. This will enable you to use jumper cables to start your car from the other vehicle, as outlined in the steps below.
- Take out your jumper cables.
- Place both cars in park and shut off the ignition in both cars.
- Attach one of the red clips to the positive terminal (usually marked POS or +) of your battery.
- Attach the other red clip to the positive terminal of the other vehicle.
- Attach one of the black clips to the negative terminal on the batter of the other vehicle.
- Attach the only remaining black clip to an unpainted metal surface on your car that is not near the battery.
- Start the other vehicle and let the engine run.
- After a few minutes try to start your vehicle.
- If it still will not start, check the cables to ensure they are properly connected and try again.
- Once your vehicle starts, keep your engine running for at least fifteen minutes to allow your battery to recharge.
If you find yourself in a situation that requires you to jump-start your car battery multiple times, even if your car battery is relatively new, it my behoove you to replace your car battery entirely. Continuously jumping the battery of your vehicle can lead to damaging its alternator and/ or starter, which would then require you to pay for not only for a new battery, but also a new starter and a new alternator. Hence, even though you may want to put off having to pay for a new battery, waiting too long could end up costing you more money.