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Vehicle’s require a battery to operate. When the battery is drained or dead, your vehicle is inoperable. In many cases, a proper battery jumpstart can give your battery life, however, there are times when the battery is beyond saving and will need to be replaced. There is quite a bit of information surrounding the car battery that we at Roadrunner Roadside Assistance would like to cover some of the basics today.

Car Battery Lifespan

Generally, the battery in your vehicle lasts about between two to five years, however, there are circumstances that can reduce or even extend the lifespan. The fastest route to reducing the lifespan of the battery includes using electronics in the car while the engine is off and multiple discharge/recharge cycles. Making sure you turn the headlights and interior lights off when you’re done driving as well as leaving the GPS, cell phones, or other electronics plugged in can also contribute to draining the battery. When the battery comes to the end of its life, you may notice it a slow cranking on startup as well as an illuminated Battery Warning Light on the dashboard. Also, a dying battery may be the issue if the vehicle electronics like remote locks or interior lights randomly stop working. All batteries have corrosive and hazardous material, such as battery acid, and will need to be properly disposed of. Many auto stores offer free programs to ensure they are disposed of correctly.

Car Battery Dying in Cold Weather or Draining in Heat?

The battery life and performance are significantly impacted weather. Cold reduces the solution’s ability to transfer full power, since people with cold winters can experience starting the vehicle as it takes extremely low temperatures to freeze a battery. Because vehicle computers regulate the amperage required for startup, the misconception that buying a battery with a higher CCA (cold cranking amp) rating is futile. Also, limiting the battery’s ability to hold a charge is hot weather, which causes the battery solution to evaporate. Where some believe you can simply refill it with tap water to make up for evaporation, water contains minerals and impurities that can damage battery cells. If the solution evaporates, you will notice a rotten egg smell from the sulfur in the solution. If the solution evaporates, it is best to replace the battery.

Dead Battery, Faulty Starter Motor, Failing Alternator or Other Problem?

Though a dead battery is the likely culprit when the car does not start, there are a host of components that can cause similar symptoms. When you turn the key that sounds similar to a dead battery it could be a faulty starter motor will make a click sound. Leading to a no-start condition if the alternator fails, the battery won’t recharge when the engine is on. Another common cause is when the electricity flow is being prevented due to clogged fuel injectors or worn-out spark plugs. This can be a problem as it can cause corrosion on the battery terminals though these terminals can be easily be clean with a wire brush or steel wool.

Towing & Roadside Assistance in Gainesville, Arlington, Lewisville, Keller, Double Oak & Flower Mound, Texas

Where proper jumpstarting can get you back on the road if your battery fails more often than not, having a reliable expert provide the jumpstart is in your better interest. Call Roadrunner Roadside Assistance if you find yourself in need of a jumpstart in Northern Texas.