Your car’s battery is the source of all the energy your car needs. When something goes wrong with the battery, undoubtedly your car is going to suffer as well.
Especially in today’s car, there are a lot of components that draw power from your battery. Whereas cars in the past only needed electricity for lights and minor components, they now need electricity for countless other car features. Those heated seats that warm you up? Battery powered. Automatic adjustable seats? Battery powered too. Most of the quality of life changes made to cars involve automating what was once manual labor and powering it with the battery.
There a numerous reasons why a car battery might fail, but here are just a few:
- Low air temperatures that freeze batteries.
- Leaving lights or other energy-draining equipment on, like the radio, with the car off.
- Improper battery maintenance, such as not keeping terminals clean.
- Letting a car sit without being started for long periods of time.
- No charge— The car’s alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the car is running. If the alternator fails, your battery will soon be out of juice.
What to Do with a Dead Battery
The first step you should try is jumping the battery. This involves charging the battery up to full capacity and restarting your car. If the problem is just an empty battery, this will almost always fix the problem. However, if the alternator still isn’t charging the battery, you’ll have to continually charge the battery externally until it’s fixed.
Jumping a Car
Jumping the battery is one of the most basic roadside skills you should have, and jumper cables should be a part of every vehicle’s emergency kit (which we discussed in a previous article). While jumping a car is easy to do, it’s also easy to mess up.
Here’s a simple overview of the process:
To jump a car, you’ll need jumper cables and a car with a charged battery. To begin, you park the rescue vehicle nose-to-nose with the dead vehicle. Pop the hoods and remove any battery coverings to unsheathe the batteries in both vehicles. You’ll need clear access to the batteries’ terminals.
Once you have the vehicles set up, it’s as simple as connecting the cables. The big thing to remember is to match up the correct cable to the corresponding battery terminal. Positive cable to positive terminal, etc. The Red cable is always positive in a set of jumper cables, and black is always negative.
Start by connecting the cables to the live battery, then connecting them to the dead battery. Exercise extreme caution with the cables as they will be electrically charged after you connect them to the live battery.
Of course, the best caution you could take is to leave this work to the pros. ASAP Towing will jumpstart your car anywhere in Jacksonville, FL. If it turns out to be more than just a battery problem, we’ll be there to get you the help you need, too.
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