Fall is a good time to inspect your vehicle over. One important part of your vehicle to look at is the battery. The battery can lose its charge for several reasons. A jump may be needed for some of the reasons the battery has lost its charge. If you leave the vehicle’s headlights on, they can drain your battery and cause it to go dead. The same thing is true for leaving on the interior lights of the vehicle. Leaving the radio on when the vehicle is not running can also lead to the battery going dead. If you notice your battery draining or going dead frequently, bring it in so we can inspect it. Sometimes the battery is draining because of another issue, at which case we can check to find the cause of the issue. Over time, batteries wear out, at which time you will need to replace it.

Testing the Battery of your vehicle

Examine the battery before you try to test it. Sometimes the cables that connect the battery to the car can corrode. This will cause the battery to not be able to hold a charge properly. You will want to make sure the cables, terminals, and any connection points are clean. Also clear away any dirt or debris that may have formed on it. Begin to test the battery by making sure the engine is turned off. Turn on the windshield wipers or the headlights. If the wipers move slowly or the headlights are abnormally dim, this may mean the battery is losing power and charge. To confirm this is the issue, bring it in so the battery can best tested.

Examining the Belts

It is also important to look at the belts in your vehicle. Sometimes the issue can be related to the belts. These belts, such as the air conditioner belt or serpentine belt, can usually be seen fairly easily when the hood is open. Apply pressure to each of these belts to check for any looseness. They should stay in place when the pressure is applied. Also look and examine them for any wearing or rotting in the belt material. A belt will wear over time and can dry out just like a rubber band would. This will then cause it to stop working correctly or snap. If your vehicle is starting to lose power, it may be caused from these wearing belts.

Alternator issues that might occur

The alternator in your vehicle is responsible for charging the battery. The alternator can lose power for a variety of reasons. It is important to have the alternator tested before you replace it; to make sure the issue is with the alternator. Examining the conversion of the alternator current to the direct current can help test the alternator. Sometimes the voltage can overload and cause the alternator to fail. Bringing in your vehicle is recommended, so we can examine and test out what the issue may be. With any problem that may occur, we can present you with the options you have so we can help increase the safety and reliability for your vehicle.