Most motorists at one point had to use the jumper cables stashed away in the trunk when the car failed to start. Perhaps you left the headlights on, or the battery was simply too old. When a car battery charge won’t hold, the battery itself may not be the problem. The issue may be due to a bigger problem that requires professional diagnosing.
Is the battery is more than four years old, or if it appears corroded and worn out? Then age or corrosion is likely the problem. In these cases, a car battery replacement is the obvious solution.
You can also determine if the battery is the problem by simply testing your headlights. If they appear dimmer than usual or don’t come on at all, then the battery is most likely the issue. If the lights appear in their normal brightness, then it’s more likely that the car’s starter is worn.
A faulty alternator may also keep the battery from holding a charge. Check the alternator cables for signs of fraying or cracking. If the engine stalls not long after jumpstarting the car, then you may have an alternator issue.
We recommend bringing your car in for maintenance if the car fails to start. Replacing the battery when the starter or alternator is the issue will only lead to future troubles and unnecessary headache. And the reverse is also true.
We also want to point out that battery or related problems happen just as often in the summer as they do in the winter. Like other car parts, a dead battery isn’t a season-specific issue.
As part of a routine checkup, Chuck’s Auto Repair can examine the health of your battery. We’ll let you know if the battery or other part is near the end of life. The last issue you want is a car battery that won’t hold a charge while embarking on a summer road trip.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Car Battery Recharge and Replacement
Serving motorists of Seattle and the greater area