What Causes the Battery to Lose Charge

Starting, Charging, Parents Autocare, Minneapolis, MN

 

On occasion, your vehicle’s battery will suddenly lose charge. Sometimes it will gradually begin to weaken and have signs that will be noticeable. If your vehicle’s battery is starting to lose power, it may be from a number of things. It is important to go to scheduled maintenances regularly so we can inspect it for you. In between visits, you may start to notice how your vehicle is handling or sounds. Anything that is out of the norm should be a good reason to bring your vehicle in.

 

 

When the vehicle’s battery is connected properly, it will be able to charge while the vehicle is in use. The alternator is the device that is used to charge the battery while the engine is still running. If the alternator begins to malfunction, the battery will drain. The battery will not charge for future use then. To ensure that the alternator will work properly, it is important to make sure the connection between the battery and the alternator is secure and clean. By bringing in your vehicle, we can inspect the vehicle and alternator to make sure it is working the most efficient way possible.

 

 

One of the measurements of the battery’s power is cold amperage. The higher the cold amperage is, the easier the battery will be able to start the vehicle in cold conditions. If the cold amperage is too low, the battery will not be powerful enough to start the vehicle in cold conditions. It is always recommended to bring your battery in so it can be tested to see if it needs a charge, or needs replacing. Making sure the battery is clean can help increase the chance of the battery working properly. Also make sure to have the terminals and connections cleaned so the battery is as efficient as possible.

 

 

Make sure to visually inspect the battery casing. This may have become damaged because of an accident or not being sufficiently secured in the engine. If the battery casing becomes damaged, it may lead to toxic leaks of sulfuric acid or other chemicals. This will cause the battery to lose the charge quickly. If you notice any leaks or cracks, bring your vehicle in as soon as possible.

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