Troubleshooting car battery problems can sometimes be quite vexing. Knowing what certain symptoms mean will help you narrow down the possible problems much quicker. In the paragraphs below, you will be presented with a number of common car battery problems and their solutions.
Dead Every Morning
You charge your car’s battery every day, but every morning, but, especially when it’s very cold or very hot out, your car won’t start and you have to boost it to get it to start. First, make sure that none of your accessories are being left on because of a faulty ignition switch. This chronic dead car battery condition usually has three battery related causes and one charging system related cause. You will need a voltmeter to determine if the problem lies with your charging system. Start the car, with the engine idling, check the voltage present at the battery terminals. If it reads anything below thirteen volts, you probably have either a bad alternator or a bad regulator, which is usually built into the alternator on newer cars. If you see between thirteen and fourteen volts with the engine running, try the following troubleshooting steps in order:
You turn the key to start the engine, but all that happens is that you hear a clicking sound. This is usually a sign that either the battery doesn’t have enough power to fully engage the solenoid and starter bendix to fully engage the starter motor. There are few reasons this can be happening though. These reasons are listed below:
The preceding paragraphs list the two most common car battery problems, the most common causes for them and how to fix them.