The car battery is one of the most important components in the car. It provides the power needed for the vehicle to run, and its absence or non-reliability will definitely be a problem that needs to be fixed.
Like every other vehicle component, the car battery is also susceptible to failure. However, when these failures cascade and hit a specific level, the battery eventually dies and falls flat. This essentially means that the car won’t be able to run, and you might be left stranded.
If you find your battery running flat, getting a replacement or getting it charged might be the best option. However, it is also important to know what caused this issue and whether it’s something out of the ordinary.
M&R Automotive Repair Shop will be able to help you out with this, ensuring that your battery – and, by extension, your car’s power system – is in the best shape.
Signs Of A Dead Battery
A dead car battery – or, at least, a battery that’s approaching the end of its life – will give you different signs. Some of these include
Your lights work, and so does your radio. But, when you return the key, you get a buzz or a click. It could also be that your headlights have become especially dim. Since your battery is expected to provide full power to the car, you’ll notice that the vehicle won’t be as effective as it should once the battery dies.
Inflated Battery Size
If your battery starts to swell, then it’s definitely going to have issues.
Bloated batteries mean that your alternator has a damaged voltage regulator – which led it to overcharge the battery. The damage done here is usually irreversible, although we can help you get a new battery to replace the damaged one.
You might also want to keep an eye out for weird smells coming out of your battery. This is a warning sign that the battery is about to die – if it hasn’t done that already.
Check Your Car Battery’s Age
Most car batteries last between three and five years. This means that once the battery has been used for longer than its intended shelf life, it will most likely develop faults.
Unlike a lot of other vehicle components, car batteries aren’t supposed to last long. So, it could simply be a case of the battery dying a natural death.
Got A Dead Car Battery?
If you have a dead car battery, the first thing you probably think about is replacing it. At the end of the day, that seems to be the easiest thing to do. But, that might not be all.
The dead battery could have been due to several other factors – from damaged alternators to incompatible power parts and more. So, when your battery dies, we recommend bringing the car to our shop so we can have a good look at it and get fixes for anything that needs to be treated.